Russian ambassador has red paint thrown in face at WWII memorial


Russia’s ambassador to Poland had red paint thrown in his face by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine.

Sergey Andreev’s face was covered with the substance as he arrived to pay his respects at a Warsaw cemetery to Red Army soldiers who died during the Second World War.

He had been due to lay flowers on Victory Day, a Russian holiday marking the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allies, which was celebrated with pomp in a parade at Red Square in Moscow.

‘Rational’ Putin emerges in Victory Day address – Ukraine news live

But his arrival at the Soviet Soldiers Cemetery in the Polish capital saw him met by hundreds of activists.

Video shows red paint being thrown from behind Mr Andreev before a protester standing beside him throws a big blob of it in his face.

The demonstrators prevented the ambassador and others from laying their flowers at the cemetery.

More on Poland

The protesters carried Ukrainian flags and chanted “fascist” and “murderer” at Mr Andreev, while some were dressed in white sheets smeared with blood, symbolising the Ukrainian victims of Russia’s war.

Other people in his entourage were also splattered with what appeared to be red paint.

In pictures: Putin showcases Russia’s military might

Police arrived at the scene to help the ambassador and other members of his delegation leave the scene.

It came as protesters also marched in Warsaw to protest against the war, parking a tank on a tractor in front of the Russian embassy on Sunday evening.

Subscribe to the Ukraine War Diaries on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Spreaker

Since the war began in February, images of Ukrainian tractors hauling off Russian tanks have been symbols of Ukrainian resistance.

The Soviet cemetery is the final resting place of more than 20,000 Red Army soldiers who died fighting while helping to defeat Nazi Germany.

While Poland has removed some monuments to the Red Army in the years after it ended Moscow-backed communist rule, it has allowed the cemetery to remain undisturbed.

Articles You May Like

Food prices ‘see month-on-month fall for first time in two years’
Rishi Sunak to announce £30bn of transport spending in conference speech
Turkey carries out airstrikes in Iraq after suicide attack in Ankara
Energy bills to rise in early 2024, forecast says
PM remains tight-lipped on HS2 as report of axe dominates conference