Overnight a group of some 20 people, reportedly radical Ukrainian nationalists, attacked the Russian Embassy in Kiev with fireworks. The embassy is bracing itself for potential trouble on election day.

 

The attack happened at about 1:00am on Saturday morning, a diplomatic source told TASS news agency.

 

“Unidentified individuals threw a smoke stick at the embassy’s territory and shot fireworks at the building,” the source said, adding that the attackers failed to ignite anything.

 

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was investigating the details of the attack and would release an official statement later.

 

The Ukrainian media reported that a group of about 20 radical nationalists were involved in the attack.

 

Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman called it an act of hooliganism that should not have happened in Kiev, and a“minor incident unworthy of commenting.”