On Monday, Russia’s ambassador to Poland has been drenched in red paint by protesters while honoring Soviet Union soldiers killed during World War II.
Crowds shouted ‘fascists’ at Sergey Andreyev as they surrounded him following 10 weeks of brutal strikes across Ukraine.
Footage shows Andreyev wiping paint from his eye but not offering a big reaction after the attack at the Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers in Warsaw.
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Many demonstrators carried Ukraine flags to show their support for the war-torn country after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned ‘evil has been reborn 77 years after the Nazis were defeated in Europe’.
It comes on a pivotal day for Vladimir Putin, who displayed the Kremlin’s military and nuclear muscle at his long-awaited Victory Day celebration – meant to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
Authorities had recommended the event in Warsaw – the only one of its kind to go ahead – be canceled. Andreyev said he was unharmed, according to RIA Novosti.
Some protesters – who stopped the ambassador from laying flowers – were dressed in white sheets smeared with blood, symbolizing Ukrainian suffering.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has claimed the ambush, as well as other attacks on Soviet-era WWII memorials and cemeteries, came from ‘supporters of neo-Nazism.’