Ambassador hit with purple paint thrown by pro-Ukraine activists in Warsaw on Russia’s WWII Victory Day.
Protesters in Poland have thrown purple paint on Russia’s ambassador in protest in opposition to the battle in Ukraine.
The incident on Monday occurred at a Warsaw cemetery devoted to Crimson Military troopers who died throughout World Struggle II.
Ambassador Sergey Andreev arrived on the Soviet troopers’ cemetery to put flowers on Victory Day, which marks the defeat of Nazi Germany 77 years in the past.
As he arrived on the Soviet Troopers Cemetery within the Polish capital, Andreev was met by tons of of activists against Russia’s battle in Ukraine.
Video footage reveals purple paint being thrown from behind Andreev earlier than a protester standing beside him throws an enormous blob into his face.
The protesters prevented the ambassador and others from laying flowers on the cemetery.
The Russian ambassador to Poland was attacked throughout an try to put flowers on the cemetery of Soviet troopers in Warsaw & doused with purple paint pic.twitter.com/9l8i6q79do
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The protesters carried Ukrainian flags and chanted “fascist” and “assassin”, whereas some have been wearing white sheets smeared in purple, symbolising Ukrainian victims of the battle launched in February by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Different folks in his entourage have been additionally splattered.
Police arrived on the scene to assist the ambassador and different members of his delegation get away.
Earlier within the day, the phrases “Kill Putin” have been discovered written in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, on a monument on the cemetery, personal broadcaster TVN24 reported. The writing was later eliminated.
One protester interviewed by TVN24 stated it was good the ambassador had been coated in purple.
“With all our coronary heart we’re with Mariupol,” she stated, referring to the southeastern Ukrainian metropolis that has been devastated by the battle.
Greater than three million Ukrainians have fled to Poland because the battle began.
‘Admirers of neo-Nazism’
Andreev advised reporters he and his workforce weren’t severely harm within the incident, TASS information company reported.
“We are going to make a proper protest,” he stated. “Once they really useful that we not maintain a bigger occasion, we met them midway, we didn’t irritate the scenario.”
The Soviet cemetery is about in an unlimited park on the route linking downtown to the worldwide airport. It’s the remaining resting place of greater than 20,000 Crimson Military troopers who perished combating Nazi Germany.
Whereas Poland has eliminated some monuments to the Crimson Military within the years after it threw off Moscow-backed communist rule, it has allowed the cemetery to stay undisturbed.
“In Warsaw, through the laying of a wreath on the cemetery of Soviet troopers, an assault was carried out on the Russian ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev, and the Russian diplomats accompanying him,” Russian international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Telegram.
“The admirers of neo-Nazism have once more proven their faces,” she stated, repeating Russia’s assertion it’s combating neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
Protesters additionally marched in Warsaw to protest the battle, bringing a tank on a tractor and parking it in entrance of the Russian embassy on Sunday night.
For the reason that battle started on February 24, photos of Ukrainian tractors hauling Russian tanks away have been symbols of Ukrainian resistance.
Poland, house of the Solidarity commerce union that performed a key position in bringing down communism in central and jap Europe, has lengthy had a tense relationship with Russia and is an advocate of robust sanctions in opposition to Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine.