Russia’s ambassador to Poland has been pelted with pink paint thrown at him by individuals protesting in opposition to the battle in Ukraine as he went to put flowers on the Soviet army cemetery in Warsaw on the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
Video footage launched by Russian information companies confirmed Sergey Andreev and several other different males with paint on their garments and faces surrounded by a crowd, some holding Ukrainian flags. In different movies of the incident circulating on-line, anti-war activists may be heard chanting “fascists” and “murderers”.
Andreev instructed the Russian information company Tass that he and his staff had not been severely damage within the incident. The protesters prevented the ambassador from laying flowers on the cemetery and Polish police escorted him away.
Russia’s international ministry responded to the incident by demanding Warsaw organise a brand new wreath-laying ceremony instantly and saying Poland ought to “ensure complete protection against any provocations”.
The battle in Ukraine has overshadowed this yr’s Victory Day when Russia remembers the 27 million Soviet residents who misplaced their lives within the second world battle.
Poland, which has taken in tens of millions of Ukrainian refugees, cancelled all official commemorations of the anniversary.
Speaking throughout a visit to Iran, the Polish international minister, Zbigniew Rau, stated: “It is an incident that should not have happened, an incident that is, by all means, regrettable.” He stated diplomats loved particular safety whatever the insurance policies pursued by the authorities of their international locations.
The Polish inside minister, Mariusz Kaminski, tweeted: “The gathering of opponents of Russian aggression against Ukraine, where genocide takes place every day, was legal. The emotions of Ukrainian women participating in the demonstration, whose husbands courageously fight for the defence of the Motherland, are understandable.
“The Polish authorities did not recommend the Russian ambassador to lay flowers on 9 May in Warsaw. The police allowed the ambassador to safely leave the scene.”
The Russian international ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova stated the “admirers of neo-Nazism have again shown their faces”, repeating Kremlin claims that Russia is preventing fascists in Ukraine.
The incident is more likely to additional increase tensions between Moscow and Warsaw, with Poland rising as a key arms provide route within the Ukraine battle. Russian officers have claimed with out proof that Poland aspires to annex the western areas of Ukraine, and Warsaw refused earlier this month to pay the Russian vitality large Gazprom in roubles, resulting in a halt in fuel provides to the nation.