The Russian consulate in New York has been vandalized with red spray paint to protest Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
Officials said they responded to an emergency call just after 1.30 p.m. on Friday that paint was sprayed in front of the consulate on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
A police spokesman said an investigation into a possible “bias incident” was ongoing and no arrests had been made.
Rosie Morse, a retired man who lives in the neighborhood near the consulate, said spray paint “looks like artwork”.
“But it’s meant to express my feeling about Putin, and I can’t say I don’t agree,” she told Agence France-Presse.
“It’s barbarism, but it’s an expression of how people New York Feeling that Putin is killing people,” said another bystander, Romain Aulin.
The bright red color appeared hours before the Russian president announced that he was occupying four Russian-controlled territories. Ukraine,
Ukraine’s southern region of Zaporizhzhya also saw one of the deadliest attacks against civilians on Friday after at least 30 people were killed in shelling by Moscow forces.
surveillance camera footage shows A masked and masked man in the consulate building early in the morning. There was no guard around the building.
Photos of the vandalized consulate posted online have prompted a range of reactions.
A user appeared to mock the recent referendum, which has been condemned by the West show off, Writing“No, no. We held a referendum which determined that the building was always covered in red. Nothing to see here.”
Benjamin Witts, a legal journalist and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, warned against such behavior, Tweet: “Guys, don’t do that. I understand the impulse. Really. But we have diplomats in Russia. And for their safety we need to respect the Vienna Convention as well. Please put your protest on the right side of the law, If so, then our people there can claim protection of law.”