The Russian Community Centre in Vancouver, Canada was vandalized by pro-Ukraine activists on Saturday, leaving locals in tears.
Vandals threw blue and yellow paint – the colors of the Ukrainian flag – at the door of the community center on W 4th Ave, Saturday, forcing the building to be cordoned off as efforts were made to clean up the damage.
The attack reportedly took place before a group of around 100 children were set to attend the center for Saturday school.
Ariadna McKenna, the president of the center, told local news that she was left “choking back tears” upon seeing the vandalism, while Ukrainian-born board member Natasha Kovalchuk said she was “shaken” by the incident.
“You know what the funny thing is? I’m Ukrainian. My family is right now there in Ukraine. I’m trying to get the kids now close to the border,” Kovalchuk said, adding, “In Canada, we didn’t think this will happen.”
Canadian gov’t detains Russian nationals to ‘hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine’
The Canadian government detained at least two Russian Federation nationals at a northern Canadian airport based on their nationality.
Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra made the announcement Thursday via Twitter.
“A charter aircraft that carried Russian foreign nationals has been held at the Yellowknife airport. We will continue to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine,” Alghabra wrote.
According to reports, the plane was on its way to Resolute, Nunavut, to drop those on board off for a planned overland arctic expedition.
This past Sunday, Transport Canada banned all Russian aircraft, or any aircraft owned by Russians, from flying in Canadian airspace on account of Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.
Transport Canada said that there were no issues with the flight until the government learned there were Russians on board.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been met with worldwide condemnation and heavy economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.
The conflict has also resulted in harsh treatment of people who are simply Russian nationals and have nothing to do with Putin’s regime.
Russian athletes who have lived in the United States for some time are now being targeted due to their ethnicity. Hockey equipment giant CCM announced earlier this week that they were dropping all marketing campaigns for Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin, along with all other Russian players, because of Ukraine-Russian conflict.
Rebel News founder Ezra Levant blasted the move by the Canadian government.
“Trudeau’s minister, Omar Alghabra, has just created a no-fly list based on Russian ethnicity/citizenship — not on any crime,” Levant wrote Thursday.