Protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine drew thousands from Times Square to Tokyo.
Sporadic protests popped up in Moscow in defiance of President Vladimir Putin, though far fewer than in prior days, when a groundswell of anti-war marchers filled the streets and more than 1,600 people were arrested. The sentiment against the war comes despite weeks of anti-Ukraine propaganda airing on Russian TV suggesting the people were waiting to be liberated.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky noticed the support from Russians.
“To all Russian citizens who come out to protest, I want to say: we see you. It means that you heard us. It means that you have started to believe us,” he said in a social media post. “Fight for us. Fight against war.”
Hundreds of people marched Saturday in Sydney chanting “Ukraine will prevail,” while protesters in Tokyo called for Russia to be expelled from the United Nations Security Council for the assault on its neighbor.
Demonstrators took to the streets throughout Europe, with many Ukrainians living abroad joining the crowds in London, Nicosia, Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Madrid and Milan. In the Swiss capital of Bern, organizers estimated 20,000 people turned out.
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