Angry Crowd In Ireland Harasses Russian Ambassador As They Try To Enter Embassy
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The Russian Ambassador of Ireland was seen getting harrassed earlier today (25 February) by an angry crowd as he tried to enter the Russian embassy.
In a Twitter thread posted by Dr. Cara Augustenborg, videos show a crowd of protestors outside the Russian embassy in Dublin, Ireland shouting "Putin is a liar" and "Go away from Ukraine" as the ambassador, Yuri Filatov, tried to enter the embassy. Take a look below:
Outside @EmbassyofRussia #Dublin now, where crowd shouts "Putin is a liar" & "Go away from Ukraine" #UkraineRussia #UkraineInvasion pic.twitter.com/46BeOAJryc— Dr. Cara Augustenborg (@CAugustenborg) February 25, 2022
In the second clip uploaded by Austenborg, Filatov - who has been the Russian Ambassador to Ireland since 2017 - appears to attempt to enter the residence in a car as protestors block it, covering the windows with Ukrainian flags and throwing water at the vehicle.
The vehicle manages to speed away and is allowed to pass by police officers.
Tensions high as @EmbassyofRussia tries to enter residence during #Ukraine #UkraineRussia #UkraineInvasion protest pic.twitter.com/BwAmscx6Ge— Dr. Cara Augustenborg (@CAugustenborg) February 25, 2022
Many social media users expressed support for the protestors, with a number saying that this should happen at Russian embassies worldwide.
The protest, which had been organised and advertised on social media, had been publicly scheduled for 3pm today (25 February), leaving many to cynically wonder why Filatov chose this time to enter the embassy.
And this isn't the only sign of protest since Russia declared war on Ukraine as yesterday, the gates to the Russian embassy were doused with red paint.
#Dublin. Russian Embassy. pic.twitter.com/7y4UhTVT9A— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) February 24, 2022
Yellow flowers have also been left outside the Ukrainian embassy alongside a message saying: "Stand With Ukraine".
🇺🇦— Zara King (@ZaraKing) February 24, 2022
Yellow roses left at the gates of the #Ukrainian Embassy in #Dublin tonight and a message that simply reads “Stand With Ukraine” @VirginMediaNews #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/Cd3kZiifeH
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has continued to escalate today. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has confirmed that Russia resumed missile strikes at 4am local time, aiming at both military and civilian targets.
President Zelenskyy allegedly addressed EU leaders last night (24 February), telling them 'This might be the last time you see me alive' as he has been marked as Russia's number one target.
Zelensky has also said: "The invasion of Russia into Ukraine is not just an invasion, it's the beginning of the war against Europe.
"Against the unity of Europe. Against basic human rights in Europe. Against all rules of coexistence on the continent. Against the fact that European states refuse to divide borders by force.
"What are you going to do about it? How are you going to defend yourselves if you are so slow helping us in Ukraine?"
137 people are said to have died in the first day of attacks, according to reports made by Sky News, as 100,000 civilians have fled their homes.
Ukraine has called upon anyone who is able to take up arms in resistance, and has banned men between the ages of 18 to 60 years old from leaving the country.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@CAugustenborg
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