Pictures | The facade of the Russian consulate in New York was vandalized

Police said on Friday that the facade of the Russian consulate in New York had been vandalized with red paint, in what appeared to be a gesture of protest against Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

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At midday Friday, large spots and streaks of red paint covered several feet in the 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 with red paint.

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A New York Police Department spokesman told AFP that police were alerted around 1:30 a.m.

“There were no arrests and the investigation is ongoing,” the official added, adding that the incident was considered “possibly motivated by hostility.”

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This act of sabotage comes at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin officially granted the annexation of four Ukrainian regions on Friday, after referendums considered by many countries, led by the United States.

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On Friday, a particularly deadly missile strike killed at least 30 civilians in a Ukrainian-controlled area near Zaporizhia (southern Ukraine).

Rosie Morse, a retiree who lives in the neighborhood, saw an analogy with “contemporary art,” while arguing that the purpose of this work was “to show our feelings for Putin, and I can’t say I don’t” don’t agree.

Bystander Romain Paulin said he saw it as “an expression of how people in New York perceive Putin is killing people.”

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