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Man takes selfie with Ukraine flag unfurled on top of Moscow skyscraper

Published on Aug 20, 2014 7:11 PM
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 on Aug 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Ukrainian flag was unfurled on the top of a Moscow skyscraper near the Kremlin on Wednesday, officials said.

The Soviet star on the Stalin-era skyscraper was also painted in the yellow and blue colours of the national flag. A man was photographed taking selfies of himself perched on the star.

"The flag was attached by unidentified criminals to the top of the Kotelniki skyscraper," a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry, Mr Roman Kilkeyev, told AFP.

Workers were brought in to remove the flag and give the star a new coat of gold-coloured paint. Russian police said they had charged four young people with vandalism for the stunt.

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