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Women attacked in Poland over Victory Day (VIDEOS) — Analysis

Two women were attacked while trying to place flowers at the monument honoring Soviet soldiers in Warsaw on Victory Day. This incident occurred at the exact same spot where protesters attacked two women who were trying to lay flowers at a monument for Soviet soldiers in Warsaw, Poland on Victory Day.

Two women are seen as they try to get past protestors who tried to stop them placing flowers. The woman attempting to get to the monument is being pushed on by one of those protesters. After the woman finally makes it to the monument and puts the flowers in, a woman holding a megaphone approaches her and attempts to force her off of the monument. A fight breaks out between the two. Both women are eventually escorted from the memorial by police who rush in to stop the fighting.

The incident occurred at the Soviet Military Cemetery in the Polish capital, where on May 9, a delegation led by Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreyev was confronted by protesters opposing Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. Red liquid was used to douse the ambassador and he was prevented from placing flowers at the monument.

Moscow strongly condemns the attack against the ambassador and calls on Poland to apologize and hold a new wreath-laying ceremony.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said the attack was “by all means regrettable” and emphasized that diplomats should be protected “regardless of the policies pursued by their governments.” Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski, however, stated that the pro-Ukraine protesters had legitimate reasons to attack Russia’s ambassador to the country, arguing that the “gathering of opponents of the Russian aggression against Ukraine” was legal and the emotions of the demonstrators were “understandable.”

Earlier, the Russian Embassy in Poland was forced to cancel plans to hold an Immortal Regiment procession this year after the Polish authorities recommended not holding any Victory Day celebrations in light of the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine, saying it would be in contradiction with Poland’s laws.

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