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New Cold War.org, March 11, 2016

Three news reports are enclosed.

Protesters try to set fire to Russian Embassy in Kiev

TASS, March 10, 2016

KIEV – Several people threw Molotov cocktails at the main entrance to Russia’s Embassy in Kiev overnight on March 10, Ukraine’s Independent News Bureau has reported. “The hooligans were able to throw over the fence of the Russian Embassy a few bottles with the Molotov cocktail, after which they were detained,” the news report said.

As of this report, the Russian Embassy in Kiev has not commented on the incident. (See: West ‘hypocritical’ on Russian embassy attack in Kiev – Lavrov, RT.com, March 10, 2016.)

Protest outside Russian embassy in Kyiv on March 6, 2016, concerning the trial of Nadiya Savchenko (Sergey Dolzenko, EPA)

Protest outside Russian embassy in Kyiv on March 6, 2016, concerning the trial of Nadiya Savchenko (Sergey Dolzenko, EPA)

The protesters are picketing the Russian Embassy in Kiev for a third day demanding the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who is charged with involvement in the murder of Russian journalists.

Meanwhile, about 200 people have gathered on Thursday at a rally outside the Ukrainian Embassy in downtown Moscow. A TASS correspondent reports from the scene that they are chanting “Shame on the Ukrainian Junta.” No serious incidents have been registered during the rally.

An organizer of the rally told TASS, “The nationalist hysteria near the Russian Embassy in Kiev and Russophobic statements in support of Savchenko are nothing else but an attempt to demonstrate their own exceptionalism. Those who defend the murderer demonstrate in advance the rejection of any court ruling other than the not guilty verdict. They are using primitive, savage ways of self-expression to promote their own interests near the diplomatic mission under the shelter of their overseas mentors,”

He recalled that “Savchenko, accused of serious crimes, had been honored with several awards since 2014, including by the United States and the European Parliament, and she was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine.”

“We believe that Savchenko should get the punishment she deserves for the murder, which will be determined by the court. We are confident that those who support this hysteria must think in the first place about human rights in Ukraine, where tens of thousands of people have died,” he added.

The rally is held against the background of the attack on the Russian Embassy in Kiev, which occurred in the early hours of March 6. The unidentified persons wearing camouflage and masks damaged cars with Russian diplomatic plates with baseball bats and threw flares and smoke bombs at the Russian Embassy. According to the embassy’s press secretary Oleg Grishin, the radically-minded protesters were well armed and prepared the attack carefully in advance.

The Russian Foreign Ministry presented a note of protest to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, but so far there has been no response from Kiev.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said he “fully supported peaceful protests” in Savchenko’s support. A similar view has been expressed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.

Read also:
Protesters try to break through to territory of Russian Consulate General in Odessa, TASS, March 9, 2016

Protesters have thrown eggs at the building of the Russian Consulate General in Odessa and painted the gates red, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene on Wednesday. Around 100 people took part in the protest in support of former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko who is currently on trial in Russia over the killing of two journalists in Donbass in June 2014. Among demonstrators were representatives of the so-called “Maidan self-defense,” of the Right Sector organization, banned in Russia, and the Azov Battalion…

Rada deputy rips off Russian flag from building of Russia’s Consulate General in Lviv, TASS, March 9, 2016

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