American man wearing ‘Russia’ shirt detained in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day festivities, claims country’s cops are ‘Nazis’
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Authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa have confirmed that a man, believed to be a US national, has been detained after allegedly raging at locals celebrating the anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union.
In a statement issued on Monday, the regional police headquarters confirmed that a 26-year old foreign citizen had been arrested for “disturbing public order.” According to officials, “during the unfurling of the Ukrainian flag on the Potemkin Stairs, the man behaved defiantly and provoked a conflict with people taking part in the event.”
“Unresponsive to the demands of law enforcement officers to stop his illegal activity, the man tried to escape as soon as he was taken to the police station,” it went on. The man, who has not been named, is currently being questioned and is set to be charged with hooliganism.
In a video of the incident, published online, the suspect, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Russia” and the country’s flag, can be heard telling the police to “keep crying,” and insisting that “you’re a Nazi.” While no details have been formally communicated by the police, he appears to be speaking with an American accent and local media has reported that he is a US citizen.
Note the shirt is in English, not Russian, though the red, white and blue flag colors are easily recognized in Ukraine. Makes me wonder who his target audience is supposed to be.
While I do not agree with all of Ukraine’s sentiments, I do know to be careful with what I say to whom in Odessa – which is also sadly true in Portland.
August 25, 2021 at 6:29 AM #442108retired liberalParticipant
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We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
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August 25, 2021 at 8:07 AM #442118Scott CrowderParticipant
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We recognize that America supports its fellow Fascists worldwide. Hence our support for Ukraine.
Thr Russia shirt in support of the Crimean resolution that had 89% turnout in which 97% of the populace voted to return to Russia. A vote they were legally entitled to.
August 25, 2021 at 12:34 PM #442124Ohio BarbarianModerator
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That’s my first impression, anyway. He was in Odessa on Ukraine’s Independence Day, not Crimea. He did the equivalent of going to Cork on Irish Independence Day, wearing the Union Jack, and screaming “Long live the British Empire!” Need I comment further on the intelligence displayed?
Anyway, those Odessa cops don’t look particularly vicious in the photo. Probably a good thing for him they took him away, before the vodka flowed and his blood spilled.
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