A big set up representing Russian atrocities in Ukraine blocked the trail of Russia’s ambassador to Poland as he sought Tuesday to position a wreath at a Warsaw memorial to Soviet troopers on Russia’s Victory Day vacation.
The set up included tons of of fluttering blue and yellow Ukrainian flags and crosses serving as symbolic grave markers for Ukrainians killed by Russians in the course of the full-scale battle launched by Moscow final 12 months.
A pool of pretend blood under the crosses underlined the stark message of the protest, which was created by Euromaidan-Warszawa, a residents’ initiative that helps Ukraine.
Organizer Viktoria Pogrebniak stated the set up, arrange for the day on the entrance to the Red Army memorial web site, was meant to struggle again towards Russian propaganda, and “present the true image to the world.”
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“We are bombed, we’re killed, we’re raped,” Pogrebniak stated. “We are killed simply because we’re Ukrainians.”
She stated the ambassador and different Russian diplomats must stroll over the symbolic corpses of Ukrainians “or might want to undergo the bushes,” in the event that they wished to succeed in the memorial.
With his path blocked, Ambassador Sergey Andreev as an alternative left a wreath of crimson carnations in entrance of the tons of of Ukrainian flags as loudspeakers blasted the sounds of bombs and air sirens.
The set up additionally included giant mock-ups of bombed buildings and the names of Ukrainian cities the place Russia has carried out atrocities towards Ukrainians: Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Bakhmut.
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The protesters surrounded Andreev and his entourage and yelled “Ruscists,” an insult that mixes the phrases “Russians” and “fascists.”
Andreev, who was doused with a crimson liquid on the identical place on Victory Day final 12 months, vowed to return later within the day.
Some Poles additionally confirmed up by the morning and did make their approach throughout the symbolic cemetery or by the bushes to succeed in the Red Army memorial to go away flowers. That triggered the anger of the protesters who denounced them as “provocateurs” serving the Kremlin’s pursuits.
“They are traitors to Poland,” shouted one activist, Katarzyna Augustynek. She seized a bouquet of white carnations left by a girl and threw it to the bottom, triggering an offended trade with the opposite girl.
The Red Army troopers died within the struggle towards Nazi Germany throughout World War II. But many Poles additionally keep in mind how they carried out rapes and different crimes, they usually resent the many years of Soviet management that got here subsequent for his or her nation.
Poland threw off Moscow-backed communism in 1989 and at the moment is a robust ally of Ukraine. Poland is supplying weapons to Kyiv and giving refuge to many Ukrainians, and there are only a few who truly help Moscow.
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