A decision by the Berlin authorities to ban Ukrainian flags and symbols at events on May 8-9 is a "slap in the face of the Ukrainian people," Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk told German online newspaper RND on May 6.
Earlier it was reported that the authorities of the federal state of Berlin had banned Ukrainian flags and other symbols at rallies during the commemorative events on May 8-9.
Berlin authorities have also banned the symbols of Russia and Moscow-backed separatist groups.
"We are shocked that the Berlin police have banned Ukrainian flags on May 8-9," he said.
"This is a slap in the face to Ukraine and a slap in the face to the Ukrainian people."
The diplomat added that the relevant decision was a huge scandal.
"The decision to ban the Ukrainian flag in the federal capital, as well as the Russian one – under which the worst war crimes are committed day and night against the civilian population of Ukraine, and (under which) tens of thousands of Ukrainians, women and children, have been killed in cold blood – is a huge scandal," the ambassador said.
According to Melnyk, "this not only shows a lack of tact, but is also a catastrophic political decision."