Russia’s ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreyev, has been doused in red paint at a wreath-laying ceremony in Warsaw on Monday. The diplomat was attacked while honoring the Red Army soldiers who died during World War II.
A video from the event shows Andreyev surrounded by a group of protesters with Ukrainian flags.
May 9 is the day that Russia and several other countries celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany and its allies. The Ukrainian Insurgent Army was partnered with Berlin during the conflict. Its leader Stepan Bandera – a noted Nazi collaborator – is regarded as a hero by the modern Kiev government.
The embassy said last week that the Polish authorities had “recommended” canceling the traditional wreath-laying ceremony this year, as well as the Immortal Regiment march, in which people carry portraits of relatives who fought in the war.