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In Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Hundreds of Thousands of People Have Taken to the Streets Throughout the Globe

Over a thousand individuals were detained by the Moscow police in connection with protests against President Vladimir Putin’s policies.
On Thursday, tens of thousands of people protested the Russian invasion of Ukraine in cities all over the world, from Tokyo to Tel Aviv included. Nearly 1,400 Russians who sought to do the same in their cities were jailed, Al Jazeera said.

Russian soldiers started shooting missiles at multiple towns in Ukraine on Thursday at daybreak, as President Vladimir Putin authorised a “special military operation” despite repeated warnings from international leaders that a conflict would bring a terrible loss of life. Explosions were heard in several of Ukraine’s main cities, including Kyiv, the capital.


On Pushkinskaya Square in downtown Russia, tens of thousands of protesters ignored police orders to demonstrate against the military operation and chanted “no to war.” Over 700 demonstrators were detained in Moscow and another 340 in Saint Petersburg, the second biggest city in Russia, claimed the OVD-Info monitor, which tracks crackdowns on Russia’s opposition.

Reacting to the Russian military invasion, a 23-year-old female identified as Anastasia Nestulya, told AFP, “I am in shock. My family and loved ones reside in Ukraine. What can I tell them over the phone? You hang in there?”

According to AFP, 27-year-old Svetlana Volkova believes the authorities “have gone wild.” She went on to say, “People have been duped by misinformation.”
According to Reuters, a large number of Ukrainians were spotted sobbing outside Downing Street in London as Russia continued its assault. “We need assistance, we need someone to support us,” stated one of the demonstrators. “Ukraine is too tiny and the strain is too big.”
Protesters in Paris told Reuters, “I believe that we are at a very hazardous period for the entire globe.” According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 137 persons were murdered on the first day of Russia’s “military action,” including civilians and military personnel.

Ukraine authorities subsequently declared they had lost control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power facility, the site of the greatest nuclear accident in human history.
A big billboard saying “safe lives of people in Ukraine” was carried by demonstrators in Germany.

Ukrainian authorities have likened Russia’s invasion of the nation to the activities carried out by Nazi Germany during World War II. In Dublin, a Russian double-eagle crest at the entrance of the Russian embassy was vandalised with red paint, while in Tel Aviv a protestor burnt her Russian passport in support of Ukraine.