The Russian embassy in New York was vandalized on Friday when Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would seize four regions in Ukraine.
The embassy did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s questions about the incident, but according to video footage, the building appears to have been hit with a large amount of red paint.
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It was unclear whether the paint was meant to depict anything in particular or if it was indiscriminately thrown at the front walls and entrance to the embassy.
Passing New Yorkers paused to watch the vandalism, with some noting their surprise that the authorities had not yet cleaned it up.
A video of the damage to the building’s exterior was posted on social media moments after Putin took the stage to speak with senior officials from the Georgievsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
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Putin said that after a series of referendums concluded this week – which Western and Kiev officials have condemned as a “fiction” – Moscow had shown public support in its quest to illegally annex the Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Zaporizhzhia regions. Kherson.
Moscow-based officials in the regions said they garnered 87% of civilian support in Kherson, 93% in Zaporizhzhia, 98% in Luhansk and 99% in Donetsk.
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Putin targeted the West and Kiev in an aggressive speech on Friday and promised to use “all available means” if the four regions, which the international community still sees as part of Ukraine, are attacked.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy said his forces will continue to fight against Russian occupation until all of Ukraine is liberated, including the territory that Russia has proclaimed itself.