Ukraine's flag was set on fire in Moscow; Kyiv demands investigation

Ukraine's flag was set on fire in Moscow; Kyiv demands investigationThe Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has lodged a protest with the Russian side over an incident near the National Cultural Center of Ukraine in Moscow on Tuesday when a Ukrainian state flag was set on fire.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine are extremely disturbed by the fact of the criminal abuse of the national symbol of Ukraine in Russia by burning of the National Flag during an attack on the premises of the National Cultural Center of Ukraine in Moscow by a group of young radicals on November 22, 2016," the ministry's press service said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ministry demanded an investigation into the incident.

"Such actions" outside the centre, located in the very centre of the Russian capital, have been systematic and law enforcement agencies have not properly responded to them, the Ukrainian ministry said.

"Ukraine views the abovementioned events around the Ukrainian institution, which is engaged in exclusively peaceful and awareness raising activity, as a blatant provocation aimed at inciting hatred between the nations and artificially imposing aggression against Ukraine in Russian society," it said.

On November 22, several activists from the unregistered organisation The Other Russia held an action near the Ukrainian Cultural Center, located in Moscow's Stary Arbat Street, The Other Russia spokesman Alexander Averin said. A Ukrainian flag was burned and the entrance to the centre was blocked during the action, he said. The activists were protesting against the Ukrainian Armed Forces' operations in Donbas. No activists were detained, Averin said.
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