Pro-Russian graffiti at Dark Hedges ‘completely at odds with local community’

Pro-Russian graffiti on one of Ireland’s most recognizable roads has been criticized as ‘completely at odds’ with the local community.

He appeared at Dark Hedges, a route in County Antrim that became world famous after being featured in Game Of Thrones.

The incident comes as a number of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their country have started arriving in Northern Ireland.

DUP North Antrim Assembly candidate Mervyn Storey condemned the perpetrators of the graffiti.

He said the sentiment of the graffiti is completely at odds with the welcome Ukrainian refugees have received in the region.

“This is a wanton act of vandalism to one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic places,” he said.

“It’s completely at odds with the warm welcome our local community gives to tourists from around the world who come to see what the Dark Hedges and the North Shore have to offer.”

Mr Storey said he had recently been able to welcome refugees from Ukraine into his church community.

“It is despicable that they have to face this kind of behavior glorifying Russia’s oppressive terror campaign in their homeland.

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“Our support must be with the Ukrainian people,” he said.

“I will work closely with local authorities and the PSNI to ensure that this graffiti is immediately removed and those responsible are held accountable.”

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has been contacted for a response.