In Odessa, the police detained an American who was walking around the city in a T-shirt in the colors of the Russian flag and the inscription “Russia”, according to the website of the National Police of Ukraine in the Odessa region.
The man was detained during the ceremony of the ceremonial deployment of the flag of Ukraine at the Potemkin Stairs. At the same time, the American allegedly behaved “defiantly and provoked a conflict with citizens,” and also tried to escape from the police.
In a video published by local media, the American expresses his outrage at the actions of Ukrainian law enforcement officers during the arrest.
“I didn’t do anything wrong, I just walked and was detained by the police. Is this freedom in Ukraine? I have no weapons with me, nothing … Is this how you treat tourists? You guys are racists, you don’t like Russians because of politics, you are a problem in this world. Without Russia, you would speak German, you like the Nazis,” the man emphasized.
At the same time, the police claim that the man’s clothes were not the reason for the arrest. According to them, the foreigner allegedly provoked the conflict and did not react to the attempts of law enforcement officers to calm down.
In particular, he stated that he had done nothing wrong, called the police officers racists who “do not like Russians because of their politics,” and promised to “contact” US President Joe Biden.
“I <…> just walked around and was detained by the police. Is this freedom in Ukraine?” he asked.
He also praised Russia for being the first country to space, and more pleasantries while suddenly attempting to escape and to shortly get captured again by police, this time in handcuffs.
The Dumskaya outlet published a photo with the passport data of the man, from which it follows that he is indeed a US citizen, but at the same time he was born in Russia.
The police drew up protocols against the man under the articles “petty hooliganism” and “willful disobedience to a lawful order or request of a policeman.”
Later on the same day, Odessa activists took a T-shirt with Russian symbols from a US citizen and had a conversation with him, the Telegram channel notes.
On June 30, it was reported that a fan who came with a Russian flag to the Ukraine – Sweden match had his shirt torn off.
Before the game, the man was photographed with a Ukrainian fan. In the picture, two viewers were standing, embracing, and smiling. However, after the match, footage appeared on social networks and Telegram channels, in which a Russian in a torn T-shirt clings to his face. The tricolor is no longer with him. The organizing committee of the European Football Championship in Glasgow has launched an investigation into the incident.
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