Pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian symbolism clashes in downtown Belgrade

A representative of the group announced that a protest would be held in Republic Square on 28 May, during which humanitarian aid for Ukraine would also be collected. [Shutterstock/Nekrasov Eugene]

Activists spraypainted blue and yellow Ukrainian flags over Putin’s ‘Z’ symbols on several columns in the Bezistan passage in downtown Belgrade in protest at the war in Ukraine.

The same passage also contained graffiti celebrating former Republika Srpska army commander and war criminal Ratko Mladić before it was crossed out with spray paint.

The activists, who are part of the informal group known as the Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians and Serbs Together Against War, claim they “do not want the symbols of an aggressive war in a public space.”

Commenting on the incident, Attorney Čedomir Stojković told reporters that Serbia “is under the media occupation of the regime of (Russian President) Vladimir Putin under which an epidemic of graffiti of this kind happened.”

The letter Z “is a symbol of occupation,” he added.

A representative of the group announced that a protest would be held in Republic Square on 28 May, during which humanitarian aid for Ukraine would also be collected.

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