United we stand: Burning Ukrainian flag a 'pro-Russian provocation' - Polish ambassador to Ukraine

16:45 Nov. 15, 2016

Burning Ukrainian flag a 'pro-Russian provocation' - Polish ambassador to Ukraine

Nationalists, carrying Polish flags, march in large numbers through the streets of Warsaw (AP photo)

It was a pro-Russian ambience in Poland who had burned the Ukrainian flag, the ambassador says

The act of burning the Ukrainian flag in Warsaw during the 98th anniversary is pro-Russian provocation, the Poland's ambassador to Ukraine Yan Peklo claimed on Tuesday, the Interfax agency reports.

"It was pure provocation, orchestrated by the pro-Russian ambience in Poland. And I think more of such provocations are yet to come. Russia tries to antagonise the Poles and the Ukrainians, tries to divide us," the ambassador told. 

Russia tries to destabilise both Ukraine and the EU, claimed Peklo. He also stressed that Warsaw still keeps supporting sanctions against Russian over its war in Donbas and Crimea annexation unless the Minsk agreements are fulfilled. 

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As reported previously, the Ukrainian flag was burned on November 11 during the nationalistic march devoted to the 98th Independence Day of Poland. The unknown masked men who had burned the flag were later beaten up by the Polish nationalists. 

As the incident went public, the Ukrainian foreign ministry delivered a protest note to the Polish diplomatic department. 

Read more Those responsible for anti-Ukrainian vandalism to be punished – Polish Ambassador

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