Pro-Ukraine protestors covered the Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev with red paint while Andreev commemorated Monday’s Victory Day holiday in Warsaw, a symbolic showing of pushback against the Kremlin on a day many expected would mark Russian escalation of its war against Ukraine.

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Footage captured by news agencies show red paint thrown from a distance at Andreev while surrounded by protestors before a person threw a large quantity of red paint directly in Andreev’s face.

The protestors, many wearing Ukrainian regalia, prevented Andreev from entering the Warsaw cemetery of Soviet soldiers who died during World War II, according to to the Associated Press.

The AP reports protestors called Andreev a “fascist” and “murderer.”

Andreev told reporters the Russian Embassy in Poland will formally protest the attack, according to to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.


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