Ukraine flag unfurled on top of Moscow skyscraper
MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse
A man takes a "selfie" as he stands with a Ukrainian flag on a Soviet-style star re-touched with blue paint so it resembles the yellow-and-blue national colours of Ukraine, atop the spire of a building in Moscow August 20, 2014.A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper within sight of the Kremlin on Aug. 20, officials said, as fighting in eastern Ukraine has frayed bilateral ties.
The Soviet star crowning the Stalin-era skyscraper, located just a kilometre from the Kremlin, was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag.
"The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP.
Workers were brought in to remove the flag and give a new coat of gold-coloured paint to the star atop the 176-meter high building.
Tensions between Moscow and Kiev have soared since Viktor Yanukovich was chased from power in Ukraine and replaced with a pro-Western government in February.
Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March, and a pro-Russian rebellion broke out in the east of the country that has led to some 2,200 deaths since April.