Report: Russian Embassy, Consulate Vandalized as Putin Orders Invasion of Ukraine

Two Russian diplomatic buildings in Europe have been vandalized with red “blood” paint in the aftermath of the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The statement is all but certainly intended as a condemnation of Russia’s aggression towards its neighbor — Ukraine.

The “blood” appeared at gates to the Russian consulate in Munich, Germany, and the country’s embassy in Dublin, Ireland.

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The seal of an eagle with two heads — defaced in Ireland — has been used as a symbol of Russia since the Middle Ages.

Protesters appeared outside several different Russian embassies and consulates in Europe on Thursday.

Russia’s embassy in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, was overwhelmed with pro-Ukraine protesters.

One Russian citizen — with a passport to prove it — even revealed that he is “ashamed” by his country’s attack on its neighbor.

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A colorful jab at Vladimir Putin also appeared outside the Russian Embassy to the United States in Washington, D.C.

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Russia’s invasion is expected to incur severe casualties, with reports of deaths and wounded on both the Russian and Ukrainian sides as of Thursday morning. The exact scope of bloodshed and violence in Ukraine is unclear, with a flurry of news reports from the war zone still emerging.

Russia stands the risk of rendering itself an international pariah for the invasion, with harsh, crippling sanctions on the country’s economy all but assured.

On Thursday, Alexy Navalny, a prominent Russian critic of Putin, pointed to the invasion as a means for Putin to distract from Russia’s domestic problems.

Navalny had faced jail time in the country, with critics of Putin’s government accusing him of locking up the political dissident to silence his criticism of Russia’s ruling oligarchy.

The war of aggression is likely to impose severe damages on Russia’s international image for years to come, ultimately exacting a cost on Russians as well as Ukrainians.

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Richard Moorhead, The Western Journal