(Reuters) – ANKARA During a conference of Black Sea countries in the Turkish capital on Thursday, a Ukrainian delegate struck a Russian delegate in the face after his Ukrainian flag was pulled away to prevent him from photobombing a video interview with Russia’s chief delegate.
On his Facebook page, Olesandr Marikovski shared a video showing himself hitting the Russian and reclaiming the blue and yellow flag. The event occurred in a corridor of the parliament building, which was hosting the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) conference.
Earlier in the day, several Ukrainian delegates fought with security agents who tried to take them away during a demonstration in which they shouted and held their flags near to Russia’s senior delegate as she attempted to address the assembly.
During a PABSEC conference in Ankara, a Ukrainian delegation opposes Russia.
The Turkish parliament released pictures of the incident on its website, and the house’s chairman, Mustafa Sentop, delivered a harsh censure.
“I condemn this behaviour that undermines Turkey’s efforts to establish a peaceful environment,” he added.
While BSEC delegates convened on Thursday, Russian drones continued to bombard the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. There are presently no peace negotiations to stop the conflict, which has ravaged Ukrainian villages and cities, killed thousands of people, and displaced millions.