Protest group paints Ukrainian flag outside Russian embassy in London
A protest group spray painted the Ukrainian flag outside the Russian embassy on Thursday morning.
Activists from Led By Donkeys covered the road outside the embassy in Kensington in yellow and blue paint to resemble the Ukrainian flag.
The group said the protest was organised to remind Russia of Ukraine’s independence as a sovereign country ahead of the anniversary of the invasion on Friday.
In a tweet, they said: “Tomorrow is the first anniversary of Putin’s imperialist invasion of Ukraine, an independent state and a people with every right to self-determination.
“The existence of a massive Ukrainian flag outside his embassy in London will serve to remind him of that.”
Protestors of the war outside the Russian Embassy- LONDON 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 #stopthewar #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/kRH7c5I1kz
— Aimée Dampier (@aimeedampzz) February 23, 2023
The Met Police said three males and one female were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and obstructing the highway.
They have been taken to a west London police station and enquiries continue.
Led by Donkeys has previously protested against Brexit and Boris Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister.
Last March, the Ukrainian flag was beamed onto the Russian embassy following a protest by the Frontline Club.
The group, joined by actress Rosamund Pike, protested against the killing of journalists reporting on the war. They unveiled a banner which read “Straight from The Frontline” as they held pictures of journalists who had died, outside the embassy in Kensington.
Speaking at the protest, Pike told Byline news: “Journalists tell us the truth from the ground, they bear witness to what is going on and they report without bias or prejudice.
“For that truth they are so often killed. It happens all over the world and it is happening in Ukraine. Journalists are being targeted and are not being killed through accident.”