Many cities in Europe and the world have been the scene of demonstrations and rallies in support of Ukraine and to demand an end to the war and Russian intervention in that country, while urging the international community not to abandon them to their fate. With anti-Putin banners, torches, flags and even lighted monuments, they have shown their support for Ukraine and against violence.
Thousands of families, including Ukrainian citizens residing in Italy, but also politicians, union members, students, teachers and other groups in the country, have demonstrated in Rome to ask for peace.
The mobilization, in which forty associations have also participatedtook place in a central Roman square under the slogan “Against war, for a Europe of peace” and began with a minute of silence for those who died in the conflict.
In London, Paris and Brussels concentrations have also taken place. More than a thousand people demanded before Downing Street, seat of the head of the British Government, that NATO act militarily against the Russian invasion of Ukraine and decree a no-fly zone to prevent bombing.
The demonstrators, more numerous than In similar protests this week in the British capitala, carried Ukrainian flags and banners that were mostly directed against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
under the slogans “No to War”, “Save Ukraine” or “Terrorist Putin” protesters, including many children and families, have expressed their rejection of the war in Vienna. Several Ukrainian diaspora activists in Vienna spoke to the crowd with tears in their eyes, stressing that Ukrainians will never accept the Russian occupation of their country.
In Paris, Mayor Anne Hidalgo has ordered that the Eiffel Tower lights up with the yellow and blue colors of the Ukrainian flag as a response of solidarity
Solidarity in Spain
In Spain, the demonstrations have multiplied one more day in Madrid, Barcelona, Cuenca, Vigo or Sabadell. About half a thousand people have gathered in Cuenca against the war in Ukraine and in defense of peace, they have symbolized with yellow sunflowersmessages like ‘Free Ukraine’ and loud applause after the singing of the national anthem of the country invaded by Russia.
Fifty people, including members of the Ukrainian community, has gathered in front of the MARCO Museum in Vigo calling for the end of the war and have recalled that they want to “live in peace” after three days of war against Russia.
Outside the European borders, hundreds of people demonstrated in the Israeli city of Tel Avivy expressed their rejection of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, in what was the second protest since the start of hostilities this week.
various cities in the United States, including New York and Washingtonilluminated some of its main monuments with the colors of the Ukrainian flag.
In the Big Apple, well-known buildings were dyed blue and yellow like the Empire State or the One World Trade Center, while throughout the state of New York some large infrastructures such as bridges were illuminated.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.