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Sberbank’s office attacked in Ukraine’s Mariupol

February 22, 13:26 updated at: February 22, 14:55 UTC+3 KIEV
A fire in Sberbank’s office in Lvov was reported earlier on Monday
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KIEV, February 22. /TASS/. Unidentified persons broke windows at an office of Russia’s Sberbank in Ukraine’s Mariupol, the city’s website 0629.com.ua reported on Monday.

"At about 3 at night, early on February 21, unidentified persons broke windows of the Russian Sberbank," the report reads. "The vandals broke glass in two windows and in one door."

The website reports the security service arrived to the site two minutes after the incident, but could not detain the attackers.

A fire in Sberbank’s office in Lvov was reported earlier on Monday. Besides, two branches of Russia’s VTB Bank had been attacked there.

Sberbank has announced it closed the office in Lvov. Other offices continue working, the bank’s press service said.

Bank plans further development in Ukraine

Despite the recent attacks on offices of Russia’s Sberbank in Ukraine, the bank still plans further development in that country, Sberbank’s press service said on Monday.

"The bank has a long-term development strategy in the country (in Ukraine)," the press service said.

The financial institution said its activities in Ukraine comply fully with the local legislation.

"Sberbank is a Ukrainian commercial bank, which works under a license from the Ukrainian National Bank, strictly in compliance with the Ukrainian legislation," the press service said.

While commenting on attacks on the bank’s offices in different parts of the country, Sberbank promised to enforce the security.

"We are undertaking measures to enforce the security," the press service said. "We shall be acting depending on new conditions."

The Bank says "organizers (of the attacks on the offices) are certain radical elements," at the same time the bank may raise the issue of reimbursing damage only if criminals are detained.

"Punishments and compensations may be demanded from people, who are organizers and executers of the crime," the press service said. "As there are any conclusions (from investigators), we may consider it (compensation)."

On February 20, nationalists, who celebrated in Kiev another anniversary of the revolution, threw stones into office of Rinat Akhmetov, office of Russia's Alfa Bank and office of Sberbank.

On February 8, head of the Ukrainian National Bank Valeria Gontareva said Kiev did not have objections against banks with Russian capital. "We have three banks with the Russian state capital," she said. "Those banks are always under special attention of the National Bank. We have our curators there. They passed the first stress test back in 2014 and capitalized additionally their institutions. Then they passed another stress test and signed a program for additional capitalization.".

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