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Russian-Ukrainian embrace: protests against mural

Created: 09/05/2022 08:59 am

A mural in Australia shows a Ukrainian soldier together with a Russian – that caused protests. © David Ryder/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa/Symbolbild

A mural of a Ukrainian and a Russian soldier caused outrage in Melbourne. The ambassador spoke of a “painting that is offensive to all Ukrainians”. Now the artist has spoken.

Melbourne – A large mural depicting a Russian and a Ukrainian soldier embracing has sparked protests in Australia. The controversial so-called mural in Melbourne comes from the artist Peter Seaton, who has since apologized for the work and removed it on Monday night.

In a video on Instagram, he explained that his intention was only to promote peace. The Ukrainian ambassador to Australia had previously protested on Twitter and spoke of a “painting that was offensive to all Ukrainians”.

“The painter has no idea about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and it is disappointing that this happened without consulting the Ukrainian community in Melbourne,” wrote Ambassador Vasyl Myroshnychenko. The painting creates “a sense of false equality between the victim and the attacker” and must be removed.

Numerous organizations in Australia also criticized the mural. “We all want the war to end, but you can’t put the attacker and the Ukrainians fighting on their homeland in the same category,” the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper quoted Stefan Romaniv of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations as saying (AFUO). Artist Seaton emphasized in his video that he did not intend to use the artwork to excuse “the terrible crimes committed by Russia” since the beginning of the war. dpa

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