Video of Truck Crashing Through Gates of Russian Embassy Viewed 377K Times

A viral video on Monday captured a large truck crashing through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin, Ireland, amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The video, which was shared by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ, shows the vehicle slowly reversing into the gates while people can be heard cheering nearby. As of Monday morning, the video had been viewed over 377,000 times.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. local time, with police saying at least one man has been arrested and taken into custody. An investigation into damage of the property is underway, The Independent reported.

The truck appeared to belong to a church supplies company, but it is unclear what the suspect's connection or motive was for the incident. However, the crash occurred amid ongoing protests at the embassy as Russia continues its invasion into Ukraine.

Earlier this week, a protester threw red paint at the embassy in an apparent symbol of blood to protest the ongoing conflict, according to the Irish Times. Others have gathered outside with signs to showcase their disapproval of Russia's actions.

Russia's ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, previously told the Times that protesters have been "rough and really aggressive" at the embassy entrance since the conflict first began on February 24.

Russia and Ukraine entered their 12th day of fighting on Monday, as delegates from both countries were set to meet for a third round of peace talks. However, negotiations have so far yielded little result, with Russia continuing to advance troops and initiate attacks.

The United Nations has so far estimated that 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the fighting began, making the conflict one of the worst refugee crises in Europe since World War II. An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that at least 202 schools, 34 hospitals and over 1,500 residential buildings have been destroyed by Russian forces, according to the New York Times. Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 Ukrainian towns and villages have been cut off from electricity, water and heat.

Nonetheless, Ukrainian forces have met Russian troops with fierce resistance. On Monday, Ukraine said it recaptured the small eastern city of Chuhuiv from Russian control, destroyed 30 helicopters, and killed two military commanders.

The U.N., EU, and NATO have strongly condemned Russia's actions, as the West continues to punish Moscow with severe economic sanctions. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with leaders of Latvia and Lithuania on Monday to reaffirm solidarity to NATO allies, amid fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may attempt to target other countries.

So far, the U.N. has said that at least 364 Ukrainians have died since the invasion began while nearly 800 more have been injured. However, authorities expect that the actual toll is "considerably higher," and likely to worsen.

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A large truck crashed into the Russian embassy in Dublin on Monday in protest of the war in Ukraine. Here, anti-war demonstrators and Ukrainians living in the U.S. also protest against Russia's military operation on February 24 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images