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European protests call for an end to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

LONDON – Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office at 10 Downing Street on Thursday afternoon, waving Ukrainian flags and demanding stricter sanctions and broader action from Britain in response to Russia’s military action.

Chants of “Putin, leave Ukraine” and “You support Ukraine” rang out from the crowd outside the government building in the cool February air. Similar scenes play out in cities across Europe, where expatriate Ukrainians are grappling with troubling news from their homeland.

Mariya Tymchyshyn, 30, who quit her job to take part in the London protests, said: “I’m shocked, probably like everyone, that my family is still in Ukraine. “We were also panicking, not knowing what to do. No one can be ready for this”.

Her family lives in western Ukraine, away from the fiercest of attacks, but she is very worried about her grandparents, who survived World War II in the country and have faced fierce battle in their life.

Mrs Tymchyshyn said: ‘That was probably the hardest part for us, I tried to reassure my grandmother, but she remembers it was a child and a bomb killed her mother. “I want peace for all of us.”

At the London protests, many people gathered to denounce Russia’s aggression in Ukraine were emotional as they waved banners and chanted.

Yulia Tomashckuk, 29, wears sunglasses to cover her tears as she holds the Ukrainian flag. A neighboring town to her hometown was attacked on Thursday, she said.

“I just feel useless sitting at home watching the news, here at least I can show there are Ukraine supporters, anti-war people and people who want Putin to show his place. ,” she said, referring to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. “He needs to be stopped now.”

Elsewhere in Europe, hundreds of protesters gathered on the Pariser Platz in Berlin on Thursday morning, right in front of the US Embassy and the Brandenburg Gate. The mood was quiet and nervous, with protesters draped in Ukrainian flags and holding handwritten placards with messages such as “Please stop Russia”, “Putin = Hitler” and “Ukraine will resist.” .

In Madrid, a small group of protesters, some in tears, gathered outside the Russian Embassy to demand an end to the invasion. They waved Ukrainian flags and shouted “terrorists” and other slogans.

And hundreds of Ukrainian expatriates living in France protested in front of the Soviet-style Russian embassy in Paris on Thursday, with patriotic songs and slogans, some calling Mr Putin a terrorist or a dictator.

“There are so many emotions,” said Valeria Skubii, 25, a Ukrainian sommelier in Paris, as the crowd behind her played the Ukrainian national anthem.

Christopher F. Schuetze contribution report from Frankfurt, Raphael Minder from Madrid, and Méheut remains unchanged from Paris.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/24/world/europe/europe-protests-ukraine-russia.html European protests call for an end to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine

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