London’s Ukraine war protest sees thousands take to streets against Putin’s bloodshed


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has called on people across the world to unite in protests against Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion, which has so far killed at least 136 children

Children dressed in yellow and blue take part in a solidarity march in London for Ukraine today

Thousands of people have joined a march through central London to answer a call to arms by Volodymyr Zelensky to mark a month since the outbreak of war.

The Ukrainian president earlier this week called for world-wide protests against the illegal invasion of his country, which started on February 24.

Speaking in English, something he rarely does, he warned the war is “only the beginning” of Russia’s assault as several cities lay in ruins and thousands of people on both sides have been killed.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets today to answer his plea, joining similar events which were held worldwide this week.







Families have come out in support of Ukraine in London
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In London today protesters are meeting at Park Lane before marching on Trafalgar Square.

People waving anti-war messages marched in the likes of Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Glasgow and Lithuania to show their fury at Vladimir Putin’s brutal war.

In Poland, where millions of people have fled to from the war-torn nation, thousands stood in the Main Square in Krakow.

London Major Sadiq Khan said people “must answer the call”.

I added: “In an urgent video message, President Zelensky has called on the world to make a stand—for Ukrainefor freedom, and for peace.







Sadiq Khan speaks to the media ahead of a solidarity march
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“We must answer that call.

“This Saturday, one month on from President Putin’s criminal invasion , thousands will walk through the streets of London in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Will you join us?

“This is our chance to send a message that echoes around the world: London stands with Ukraine, and this atrocity must end now.”

It comes after President Zelensky’s stirring message to people around the world.







Children dressed in yellow and blue at today’s march
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Protesters hold a banner outside the Russian embassy on Friday
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The Ukrainian leader said: “The war of Russia is not only the war against Ukraine. Its meaning is much wider.

“Russia started the war against freedom. This is only the beginning for Russia on the Ukrainian land..

“Russia is trying to defeat the freedom of all people in Europe. Of all the people in the world.

“It tries to show that only crude and cruel force matters. It tries to show that people do not matter. That’s the reason we must all stop Russia, the world must stop Russia. The world must stop the war.

“One month already. That long. It breaks my heart, the hearts of all Ukrainians and every free person on the planet.

“That’s why I ask you to stand against the war… Show your standing, come from your offices, your homes, your schools and your universities, come in peace.”







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The United Nations has so far confirmed 1,081 civilian deaths and 1,707 injuries in Ukraine since the invasion but says the grim toll is likely higher.

Some 136 children have been killed so far during the invasion, Ukraine’s prosecutor general office said on Saturday.

Russia’s defense ministry said 1,351 Russian soldiers have been killed and 3,825 wounded, although Ukraine says the figure is much higher at around 15,000.




www.mirror.co.uk

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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