IN PHOTO | The facade of the Russian consulate in New York has been vandalized

The facade of the Russian consulate in New York was vandalized with red paint, police said Friday, in what appears to be a protest gesture as Russia annexed four Ukrainian regions.

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At noon on a Friday, large blobs and streaks of red paint covered several feet in height and width of the facade of the Consulate, a Renaissance-style building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, an AFP photographer noted.

The entrance gate was also covered in red paint.

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Police were notified around 1:30 am, a New York police spokesman told AFP.

“There have been no arrests and investigations are ongoing”, the official added, adding that the incident was considered “probably motivated by hostility”.

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This act of vandalism comes when Russian President Vladimir Putin formalized the annexation of four Ukrainian territories on Friday, after referendums denounced as sham elections by many countries, the United States in the lead.

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On Friday, a particularly deadly missile attack also killed at least 30 civilians in an area under Ukrainian control near Zaporizhia (southern Ukraine).

Rosie Morse, a retiree living in the neighborhood, saw a resemblance to “contemporary art”, while judging that the purpose of this action was “to show our feelings towards Putin, and I can’t say I’m not from. agreement.

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Passer-by Romen Baulin said he saw it as “an expression of how people in New York realize that Putin is killing people.”

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