Huge Ukrainian flag painted on road outside Russian Embassy in London

Protesters painted a giant Ukrainian flag on the road right in front of Russia’s embassy in London on Thursday, hours before the one-year mark of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The activists poured yellow and blue paint on the busy road in west London’s Kensington neighborhood and then spread it out with brushes to mimic Ukraine’s flag.

London’s Metropolitan Police said four people were detained on suspicion of criminal damage and obstructing the highway Thursday morning in relation to the protest.

A performance was done by a british political campaign group “Led By Donkeys”.

Demonstrators posted on social media that they painted the Ukrainian flag in front of the embassy in opposition to the Russian attack and “for self-determination” of Ukraine.

The activists said they created the massive flag in front of the Russian embassy with 170 litres of yellow paint spread in the eastbound lane and a similar amount of blue paint in the westbound lane. They noted the paint was “high-standard, non-toxic, solvent-free, eco-friendly, fast-dry edible paint designed for making road art.”

The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on Feb. 24, 2022. Just before the invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to get off the war path, cautioning that an invasion would only bring “an abundance of pain, filth, blood and death” to their doorsteps.

One year into the war, those words continue to ring true.


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