Moscow’s top diplomat to Warsaw was surrounded by anti-war activists chanting and waving Ukraine flags
Russian diplomat Sergey Andreyev was left red-faced amid protests in Warsaw
Russia’s ambassador to Poland has been doused in red paint during angry scenes at a Soviet war memorial.
Sergey Andreyev had the bucket of paint thrown over his face while he visited the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw to mark Russian Victory Day.
A video on social media showed the diplomat stood holding a wreath at the centre of scuffles between activists, many of whom were waving the Ukrainian flag and shouting slogans.
The official appeared visibly agitated and was led away by Polish police, according to Russian state media. Reports suggest anti-war protesters were chanting “fascists”.
The Russian Embassy in Poland had earlier decided not to go ahead with a planned 77th anniversary Victory Day march on Monday after a fierce backlash from city authorities and the Polish foreign ministry.
The Russian ambassador to Poland was surrounded by anti-war activists chanting and waving Ukraine flags
The Polish foreign ministry refused to support the Russian plans and expressed concerns that the march “would allegedly be involved with the special operation in Ukraine and be against the criminal code of Poland”.
Russia said it “considers such understanding of our traditional Victory Day ceremonies absurd and unfounded”.
It comes following a Victory Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square at which Vladimir Putin compared his invasion of Ukraine to the Soviet battle to defeat Adolf Hitler in World War Two.
Russia’s ambassador to Poland is facing the trust.
The Russian president lashed out at the West, saying that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.
However, Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Putin and the military top brass were “hijacking” Russian history to suit their own ends while spouting “fairytale claims”.
“Through the invasion of Ukraine, Putin and his inner circle of generals are now mirroring fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the errors of the last century’s totalitarian regime,” Wallace said in a speech to the National Army Museum.