Russia’s ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreyev, has been doused with pink paint throughout a protest in opposition to his go to to a Soviet conflict cemetery in Warsaw to mark Victory Day, a Russian vacation commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.
There had been controversy surrounding this 12 months’s occasion amid the conflict in Ukraine. The Russian embassy had earlier been compelled to desert plans to mark the day with a march in Warsaw after protests from the town authorities and Polish overseas ministry.
The Russian embassy in Poland has determined to not go forward with its deliberate Victory Day march in Warsaw at this time after metropolis authorities and the Polish overseas ministry slammed the initiative https://t.co/tZjDXm6Jjz
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Nevertheless, Andreyev however visited the Soviet Navy Cemetery in Warsaw, the place the stays of greater than 20,000 Soviet troopers are buried. It was created within the late Nineteen Forties, at a time when Poland had been introduced underneath Soviet-backed communist rule.
As Andreyev arrived on the cemetery, he was met by protesters chanting “fascists” and “killers”, experiences TVN24. Some folks tried to bodily assault him and one poured paint over the ambassador.
Ambasador Rosji Siergiej Andriejew został oblany czerwoną farbą przed Cmentarzem Żołnierzy Radzieckich w Warszawie. Incydent zarejestrowała kamera Polsat Information pic.twitter.com/NkIm83Y119
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“That is to symbolise the blood of the Ukrainian nation shed by Russians in Ukraine,” contributors instructed the broadcaster. Additionally they eliminated the wreath that the ambassador had left underneath a tree and threw it again on the Russian delegation.
Andreyev himself condemned the assault, saying that it was a violation of Polish legislation. Requested if he was not ashamed of his actions, he stated that he’s “pleased with my nation and president”. He additionally dismissed claims of conflict crimes by Russia in Bucha as a “staged provocation”.
Cmentarz Mauzoleum Żołnierzy Radzieckich w Warszawie. Za chwilę z okazji Dnia Zwycięstwa wieniec złożyć ma tu ambasador Rosji w Polsce. Oto komitet powitalny. @RadioZET_NEWS pic.twitter.com/0NjWT7eTJn
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Warsaw police issued a quick assertion saying that earlier than midday they had been compelled to intervene in an incident on the cemetery and that additional info could be offered in the end.
In the meantime, billboards from the Polish authorities’s worldwide “Cease Russia Now” marketing campaign had been positioned exterior the cemetery, knowledgeable the Polish overseas ministry.
Poland has been among the many strongest supporters of Ukraine since Russia’s invasion and has pushed for more durable worldwide sanctions in opposition to Moscow. It has additionally renewed its efforts to take away Soviet-era monuments from public areas in Poland.
Poland renews push to take away Soviet monuments amid Russia’s conflict in Ukraine
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Daniel Tilles is editor-in-chief of Notes from Poland. He has written on Polish affairs for a variety of publications, together with Overseas Coverage, POLITICO Europe, EUobserver and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.