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Newsline: Ukrainians attack Russian embassy

Angry protesters threw stones and eggs at the Russian embassy in Kiev, breaking several of its windows, after earlier smashing cars and throwing smoke pellets as Ukrainians’ anger boiled over at Moscow’s refusal to free a hunger-striking pilot. Hundreds of demonstrators rallied outside Moscow’s diplomatic mission to demand the release of Nadiya Savchenko, a 34-year-old pilot who is on trial in Russia for the killing of two journalists. Savchenko began a hunger strike on Thursday, rejecting both food and water, to protest delays in her controversial trial. The protesters in Kiev also attached a makeshift gallows to the embassy fence, hanging an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin with a sign “murderer,” an AFP correspondent reported. Several embassy windows were broken during the protest. “The situation is rather tense,” Russian embassy spokesman Oleg Grishin told AFP.



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