Pro-Ukrainian protesters started a fight at the monument to Soviet soldiers
Videos have emerged showing two women being attacked by protesters as they attempted to lay flowers at a monument to Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, Poland, on Victory Day. The incident happened at the same memorial cemetery where Russia’s ambassador to Poland was doused in red liquid and prevented from commemorating Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II.
The two women can be seen trying to walk past a group of protesters who were trying to stop them from laying flowers. One of the women tries to push her way towards the monument as she is pushed onto one of the protesters who were lying in front of the statue. The woman eventually goes to the memorial and places the flowers, but a woman with a megaphone walks in and tries to push her out of the stone monument, and a fight breaks out between them. The video ends with the police rushing to break up the fight and escorting the two women away from the memorial.
The incident took place at the Soviet military cemetery in the Polish capital, where on May 9 a delegation led by Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreyev confronted protesters opposed to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. The ambassador was doused in red liquid and eventually prevented from laying flowers at the memorial.
Moscow strongly condemned the attack on the ambassador, calling on the Polish authorities to issue a formal apology and hold another wreath laying ceremony and ensure security at the event.
Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said the attack was “absolutely regrettable” and stressed that diplomats must be protected “regardless of the policies pursued by their governments”. Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski, however, said pro-Ukrainian protesters had legitimate reasons to attack the Russian ambassador to the country, arguing that the “gathering of opponents of Russian aggression against the ‘Ukraine’ was legal and that the protesters’ emotions were ‘understandable’. .”
Earlier, the Russian Embassy in Poland was forced to cancel plans to hold an Immortal Regiment procession this year after Polish authorities recommended against holding Victory Day celebrations in light of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, claiming that this would contradict Polish laws. .