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the facade of the Russian consulate in New York vandalized with red paint

“There were no arrests,” said a police spokesman after the vandalization of this facade.

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The facade of the Russian consulate in New York was vandalized with red paint, police said on Friday (September 30th), in what appears to be a gesture of protest as Russia annexed four Ukrainian regions.

At midday on Friday, large patches 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, a noted an AFP photographer. The entrance gate has also been covered in red paint.

Police were notified around 1:30 a.m., a New York police spokesman told AFP. “There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing”added this person in charge, specifying that the incident was regarded as “possibly motivated by hostility”.

The facade of the Russian consulate in New York, United States, September 30, 2022. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

The facade of the Russian consulate in New York, United States, September 30, 2022. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

This act of vandalism comes as 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. On Friday, a particularly deadly missile strike also killed at least 30 civilians in an area under Ukrainian control near Zaporizhia (southern Ukraine).

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