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Raising the flag on UN: Ukrainian delegation was asked to leave UN Hall
09:29, 29 September 2015
Raising the flag on UN: Ukrainian delegation was asked to leave UN Hall

UN serviceman security crumpled Ukrainian flag, which survives Russian attacks in August 2014

09:29, 29 September 2015

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Facebook Gennadiy Kurochka

The delegation from Ukraine at the United Nations was asked to leave the General Assembly Hall after raising Ukrainian flag during the speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The incident was described by the head of the delegation MP Hanna Hopko.

"Due to violation of the rules of the UN (quiet protest with a flag shot by bullets during Putin’s speech), our badges were seized, and we were asked to leave the General Assembly Hall," she wrote in her Facebook.

"Russian aggression is also a violation of the UN rules. But Putin speaks from the podium though," adds Hopko.

Exclusive Representative of CNN in Ukraine Gennadiy Kurochka commented on the matter: "One of the police officers apparently did not realize how dear is this torn flag for us, and negligently crumpled it. Then I told him the story of our fallen heroes ... Few time after that ... police officer politely asked some pack, carefully made up the flag and said "Now I know your story".

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Facebook Hanna Hopko

Hanna Hopko released a heart-wrenching story of the notorious flag: "A Ukrainian soldier received this flag as a gift from his friend before departing to war. In August 2014, Ukrainian Army was liberating towns and villages, scoring a number of decisive victories against Russia-backed militants... On August 29, 2014, Ukrainian and Russian military agreed on setting up a “green corridor” enabling Ukrainian forces to retreat. However, Russian generals have cynically violated the deal –they launched deadly attacks from all kinds of weapons against the Ukrainians at close range. This is a war crime that has no statute of limitations. The truck where the flag was hoisted was blown up to pieces by the enemy bullets and artillery, and the Ukrainian warriors were ruthlessly killed. You witness the remains of the flag left after the Russian treacherous attack discovered by Ukrainian volunteers of the Chornyi Tulpan [Black Tulip] mortuary affairs group a month after the tragedy".

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