An authorized act?: Ukraine's flag burned as masked thugs attack Ukrainian culture center in Moscow

10:18 Nov. 24, 2016

Ukraine's flag burned as masked thugs attack Ukrainian culture center in Moscow

Radical thugs burn Ukrainian flag in center of Moscow (Screenshot of Ren TV video)

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry protests what it says has become a regular practice and demands investigation

Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs demands an immediate investigation into an attack on the Ukrainian Culture Center in Moscow when, among other things, the Ukrainian national flag was burned, insisting that all those who have committed the crime must be held liable.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is extremely disturbed by the fact of the criminal desecration of the national symbol of Ukraine in Russia – the burning of the National Flag in an attack on the premises of the National Culture Centre of Ukraine in Moscow by a group of young radicals on November 22, 2016," the ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry questioned how the radicals were unnoticed by police. Russia's Ren TV channel showed the whole footage of the attack.

The regularity of attacks on the center located in the heart of the Russian capital and the absence of proper reaction by the law enforcement agencies prove that these are masterminded and authorised acts, the statement said.

"These events around the Ukrainian institution that is engaged in solely peaceful, educational activity are considered by Ukraine as a blatant act of provocation aimed at inciting hatred between the nations and artificial imposition of aggression against Ukraine in Russian society," the ministry said.

The Ukrainian culture centre faced a similar attack in March this year.

Source: UNIAN

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