Russian ambassador attacked with red paint during Victory Day celebrations

Andreyev was attacked at the Warsaw Memorial Cemetery of the Soviet Liberation Soldiers, where he wanted to lay flowers on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

The Russian ambassador to Poland was splattered by red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, preventing him from paying his respects this Monday (09.05.2022) in a Warsaw cemetery to the Red Army soldiers who died during world war II.

Ambassador Sergei Andreyev came to the Soviet soldiers’ cemetery to lay flowers on Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allies. The holiday was celebrated with pomp in a parade on Moscow’s Red Square.

Upon arrival at the Soviet soldiers’ cemetery in the Polish capital, Andreyev was greeted by hundreds of activists opposed to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Video footage shows red paint being sprayed behind Andreev before a protester next to him splashes a large smear on his face. The protesters prevented the ambassador and others from depositing their flowers in the cemetery.

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The ambassador, completely covered in red paint thrown at him, shouted to the crowd that he was “proud” of his president, Vladimir Putin, and after saying that “those territories do not belong to Ukraine” (referring to the Donetsk and Lugansk), managed to make his way to the waiting car.

Protesters carried Ukrainian flags and shouted “fascist” and “murderer” at him, while some were dressed in blood-stained white sheets, symbolizing Ukrainian victims of Russia’s war. Other people in his surroundings were also seen splattered with what appeared to be red paint.

The police arrived at the scene to help the ambassador and other members of his delegation escape.

Demonstrators also marched in Warsaw to protest against the war, carrying a tank on a tractor and parking it in front of the Russian embassy on Sunday night. Since the war began on February 24, images of Ukrainian tractors pulling Russian tanks have been symbols of Ukrainian resistance.

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For its part, Russia expressed its strong protest to Poland for the aggression suffered by Andreyev. “On behalf of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the embassy strongly protested to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and demanded that the legation be given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the cemetery with due guarantees. of public order and security for the Russian diplomatic mission,” Moscow said in a statement.

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