Poland’s police chief Yaroslav Shimchik has been taken to hospital with minor injuries caused by an explosion he received as a gift from a senior Ukrainian official, Poland’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
The official statement, released on Thursday, said that “the explosion occurred yesterday (Wednesday) at 07:50 in a room adjoining the police chief’s office.”
“One of the gifts received by the police chief during his working visit to Ukraine on December 11-12 exploded,” he added.
During the visit, Yaroslav Chimchik met with representatives of the Ukrainian police and emergency services, and “he received a gift from one of the heads of Ukrainian services,” the ministry said.
The statement said the police chief’s injuries were “minor” and said he was still in the hospital under observation.
A civilian employee of the National Police Headquarters was also slightly injured and did not require hospitalization.
“The Polish side turned to the Ukrainian side with a request for clarification,” the statement says.
It was not immediately clear what kind of gift it was. The Security Service of Ukraine did not comment on the incident.