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Thousands of Russians protest against Ukraine invasion, give ‘no war’ call

Moscow: Thousands of Russians took to the streets to protest against Moscow’s invasion of Kiev and the Ukraine-Russia war as they gave a call for “no war” in Ukraine, amid the Western world’s repeated stern statements against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In various videos trending on social media, thousands of people risked police action to stand in solidarity with Ukraine, which has turned into the site of the biggest armed conflict since the conclusion of World War II (1939-45).

The protests were seen in St. Petersburg, Moscow and several others. Following the protests, police were sent to arrest the protesters, who have openly expressed “disgust” toward the Putin administration. “Arrest Putin, not me, damn it!” said one protester, while he was being taken into police custody.

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Air raid sirens wailed across Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Thursday as explosions boomed and flashed in cities across the country, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized military action against its Western neighbour. Around 40 people are reported to have been killed in the Ukraine-Russia war so far, though the actual number is likely to be higher.

President Putin announced the military action early in the morning on Thursday, after weeks of tense buildup, and attracted widespread condemnation from leaders across the world. In his address, President Putin said the Russian invasion was to defend separatists in eastern Ukraine against “genocide”.

In Ukraine, long lines snaked outside of ATMs, supermarkets and gas stations in cities such as Kiev and Mariupol as people scrambled to prepare for what was coming. Residents and communities across the country were gripped with “severe panic” as Russia on Thursday launched what Ukraine said was a “full-scale attack” against its neighbour, with cities bombarded from the air and forces fighting on the ground.

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