An 'Immortal Regiment' rally, timed to the anniversary of the end of the WWII in Europe took place in many cities across the planet. One of them occurred in Lisbon, which currently hosts Eurovision 2018. Pavlo Sadokha, the head of the Union of Ukrainians in Portugal said that in his interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.
'Among the various symbols, the activists used there were flags of Donetsk and Luhansk 'people's republics' and other kinds of anti-Ukrainian symbols. We asked those holding Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian flags if they actually were citizens of respective countries. They said they were not; a man who carried the Georgian flag said he was Belarusian, and that was all he could say', Sadokha told the TV channel.
Russia's performer at Eurovision 2018, Yulia Samoylova, was spotted among the protesters, holding her country's flag.
The event was organized and probably sponsored by the Russian embassy and some local leftist circles, the Ukrainian activist added.
'They say there are Ukrainians among them, too, so they come to such events saying they have the right to carry the Ukrainian flags', Sadokha continued.
According to the official, there were some 300 people participating in the rally in Lisbon. 'One of them said that a 'Slavic' organization, as they call themselves, organized a tour for them, which ended up as a rally in Lisbon. We cannot claim that the event was sponsored by Russia; however, most of these people came here as trourists', Pavlo Sadokha concluded.