The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is disgusted by the act of vandalism and hate that took place in Ottawa yesterday, on Free Ukraine Street.
Three persons damaged and vandalized a blue and yellow painted bicycle. The bicycle is on public property, outside of the Russian embassy in Ottawa – placed there by local activists as a reminder of Russia’s genocidal war against the Ukrainian people and a symbol of Ukraine’s courageous defence of freedom.
Three men who had apparently emerged from a car with diplomatic plates were seen committing this hateful act of vandalism on the evening of August 16, and also spray painting the letter “Z” – a symbol of support for Russia’s genocidal war against Ukraine and support for the Russian war criminal prosecuting that war.
“This is an appalling act – and the presence of a car with diplomatic plates raises serious questions about who was involved and on whose orders this destruction and hate was carried out. We call for police to fully and promptly investigate,” stated Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC Executive Director. “Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the Government of Canada has refused to expel Russian diplomats from Canada, despite the obvious security threat to our country posed by the continued presence of Russian diplomats. The longer the Canadian government refuses to address this threat, the more the threat will grow. We call on our Government to immediately expel the Russian ambassador and diplomatic mission from Canada.”
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