The Russian ambassador to Poland was doused in red paint by demonstrators outside the Soviet military cemetery in Warsaw.
Rotestors attacked Sergey Andreev as he arrived to honor Red Army troops who died during World War II.
Footage widely shared online shows paint being hurled behind Mr Andreev before a protester next to him hit him in the face with the liquid. The ambassador wipes paint from his face but doesn’t respond to protesters.
The activists also successfully prevented the envoy and other members of a Russian delegation from laying flowers.
The activists, some dressed in white sheets splattered with fake blood symbolizing the victims of the Russian war in Ukraine, carried Ukrainian flags and shouted “fascist”.
Other officials who made up Mr Andreev’s entourage were also struck by the paint.
The police arrived at the scene to help the ambassador and other members of his delegation escape.
It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s triumph over Nazi Germany in 1945, in which he said Russia’s military action in Ukraine was a timely and necessary response to Western policies.
Addressing troops fighting in the Donbass region, which Moscow has pledged to “liberate” from Kyiv, Mr Putin said: “Defending the motherland when its fate is being decided has always been sacred.”
Poland, which borders Ukraine and is a member of NATO and the EU, is a staunch opponent of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
She has criticized Russia for “genocide” and “imperialist” actions in Ukraine.
For its part, Russia has accused Poland of being “the most vicious and vulgar” critic of Moscow’s actions.
The two countries share a long and bloody history with military conflicts between the two countries dating back to the tenth century.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/russian-ambassador-attacked-and-drenched-with-red-paint-by-polish-protesters-41631264.html The Russian ambassador was attacked by Polish protesters and sprayed with red paint