The Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, has described torch-lit processions in Ukraine as "following in the footsteps of the Nazis".
"Torch-lit marches in Ukraine are a demonstration of further movement along the path of the Nazis! And such events are happening in the center of civilized Europe!" Dolgov said on his Twitter account on Friday.
When commenting on an attack that was staged on journalists of Russia's LifeNews television station during such a procession, the Russian diplomat said that "obviously, the march participants realize the inferiority of their views."
"Otherwise, why should they attack Russian journalists fulfilling their professional duties?" he said.
The incident with LifeNews reporters is a "grave systemic violation of human rights that contradicts Ukraine's international commitments," Dolgov said.
LifeNews reported on January 1 that its journalists were attacked during a torch-lit procession in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
"The LifeNews TV channel's correspondent Zhanna Karpenko and her camera operator were attacked during a torch-lit procession in the Ukrainian capital. Unknown persons wearing face masks pushed the journalist and snatched her mobile phone, after which they seized the camera from camera operator Alexandra Ulyanova and smashed it," the TV channel said.
Thursday's torch-lit march in central Kyiv commemorated the 106th birthday of Stepan Bandera, a controversial figure, who is revered by many in western Ukraine as a national hero, but is accused by Russia and eastern Ukraine of having cooperated with the Nazis during World War II.
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