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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Sends Ukraine Condolences Over Shooting of Driver

WARSAW, Poland - Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski sent a letter of condolences to his Ukrainian counterpart, Leonid Kuchma, Thursday over the killing of a Ukrainian driver by Polish police.

The shooting on Sunday brought a sharp diplomatic protest from Ukraine, with which Poland usually has good relations.

Kwasniewski's letter was delivered to Ukraine's ambassador in Warsaw, Dmytro Pavlychka, the president's office said in a statement.

A Ukrainian identified only as Serhiy K., 25, was shot and killed by a police officer after a car chase near Chelm, about 200 kilometers southeast of Warsaw.

Polish police said the gun went off accidentally in a scuffle with the motorist after he tried to resist arrest. The victim's wife, who witnessed the attack, said he was shot at point-blank range without provocation.

Polish officials say they are continuing to investigate the shooting.

In Kiev, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ihor Hrushko said Ukraine will send a group of officials to Warsaw Friday in connection with the incident. They will meet representatives of Poland's foreign, justice and interior ministries, and visit prisons where Ukrainians are held.

"The aim of the visit is to draw Polish authorities' attention to the necessity of unbiased investigation and prevent similar incidents," Hrushko said.