A group of Ukrainians who wanted to “discuss the war” were waiting for the ambassador at the memorial cemetery. Upon the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint
Unidentified people poured red paint over the Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev during the ceremony at the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw, TASS reports.
According to the agency correspondent, the crowd did not allow Andreev to lay a wreath at the memorial cemetery and he was forced to leave accompanied by the police.
According to a Wydarzenia correspondent, a group of Ukrainians were waiting for the ambassador at the graveyard. After the arrival of the diplomat, a fight broke out, and he himself was doused with red paint. “I am proud of my president. These territories [the DPR and LPR] do not belong to Ukraine,” — said Andreev, leaving the scene.
After the incident, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said that the attack on the ambassador once again proves “Europe's course towards the reincarnation of fascism.” “Fans of neo-Nazism have once again bared their faces” and it's bloody»,— she wrote in Telegram.
Sergey Andreev was born in 1958, graduated from MGIMO in 1980 and has been working in the structures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ever since. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Poland in 2014, he worked as the Russian Ambassador to Angola and Norway. He has the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, speaks English, Portuguese and French.
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Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which President Vladimir Putin justified by the need for “denazification and demilitarization” neighboring state, Poland consistently supports the Kyiv authorities. So, in early May, Warsaw handed over to Ukraine a new batch of military equipment, which included T-72 tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and drones, and on the eve of the Polish Foreign Ministry opposed the Immortal Regiment campaign. May 9 in Warsaw.
In addition, Poland, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on May 8, received the most refugees from the territory of Ukraine— 3.2 million people (out of 5.8 million). In second place in the EU in terms of the number of refugees accepted is Romania (880 thousand), followed by Hungary (568 thousand) and Slovakia (402 thousand). More than 880,000 people have decided to leave for Russia since the start of the special operation.
In connection with the influx of refugees, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminsky appealed to the European Commission to review the distribution of refugees by country and provide Warsaw with additional financial assistance. “Obviously, our resources and capacities will not be enough to cope with the growing influx of people,” — Kaminsky says in his appeal.
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