Unknown group claims responsibility for paint bomb attack against Ukrainian Embassy
The facade of the Embassy of Ukraine's complex in Helsinki’s Kulosaari district was splattered with paint bombs during the night between Sunday and Monday.
A group calling themselves "Helsinki Antifascists" sent an e-mail message to the media after 3.00 a.m. on Monday morning, claiming that they were responsible for the attack.
The perpetrators declare in their media release that one of the underlying factors behind the protest is Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko’s alleged sympathy for the fascist activists in his country.
Moreover, they mentioned by name certain Ukrainian antifascists whom they wanted to support, claiming that they have been remanded in custody under false pretexts.
Ukraine's Ambassador to Finland Andrii Deshchytsia does not understand the motives of the perpetrators.
”I absolutely deny all their allegations. I am willing to meet these people in order to have discussions with them about democracy, Ukrainian history, and other issues. However, I do not approve of criminal actions”, says Deshchytsia.
According to the Ambassador, the protesters did not contact the Embassy beforehand.
Ambassador Deshchytsia notified the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs over the act of vandalism, and the Embassy has filed a report of an offence with the police.
Prior to their attack, the protesters posted an international call to action on the Internet:
” Make an action, big or small, targeted against Ukrainian and Russian authorities in your city 24th or 25th of May. If you do not have embassies or consulates in your city, you may target any Ukrainian or Russian major business, the most proper target being the Gazprom Corporation, which is pretty much the same as the Russian state.”
”We have found no contact details for these protesters. How could we talk with them, if they are not even registered?” Deshchytsia says with a sigh.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Premises of Ukrainian Embassy in Helsinki splattered with paint bombs (25.5.2009)
An international call to action on the Internet