Friday, May 5, 2023


At an event in Turkey, a Russian delegate snatched a Ukrainian flag and was subsequently punched by a Ukrainian member, leading to a scuffle at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) in Ankara on Thursday. 

A video of the incident was posted on social media, showing the Russian delegate grabbing the flag and a brief struggle ensuing before the Ukrainian punched him several times in the face. 

The Russian delegate was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to the Russian embassy spokesperson. The embassy has promised to draw the Turkish authorities’ attention to the incident. 

Earlier on Thursday, members of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament) had attempted to disrupt the Russian delegation's address at the PABSEC meeting by spreading out Ukraine's flag and a black-red-blue tricolour behind the delegation's members. 

Pictures of the disturbance were posted on the Turkish parliament's website, and its head, Mustafa Sentop, condemned the behavior.

Watch the video below:

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