At around 18:45 on 10 September 2015, an explosion and fire broke out in the “Ukrainian World” centre at 63, Nowy Świat in Warsaw. The relevant services arrived on the scene: firefighters put out the fire and the police cordoned off the crime scene and began an investigation.
No one was injured in the incident. The building, which was occupied by dozens of people – attendees of language courses for immigrants and the audience of a Chopin concert — was quickly and safely evacuated. The explosion, fire and subsequent firefighting measures caused material losses that will not significantly affect the centre’s future activities.
The explosion was caused by the detonation of a pyrotechnic charge with a temporary fuse placed in a waste bin in a lavatory (on the ground floor, in the immediate vicinity of the information point where volunteers are on duty). For security reasons, we cannot divulge further details at this time.
We would like to remind you that, in the past, the Open Dialogue Foundation, “Ukrainian World” and individual members of our team have already been the targets of numerous attacks and provocations related to our activities. We have reported incidents to the Prosecutor’s Office and the Internal Security Agency.
Details can be found in an article in Rzeczpospolita.
Today and over the next few days, “Ukrainian World” is operating as usual. The schedule of planned events will not change.