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From Tokyo To New York, Thousands Protest Against Invasion of Ukraine

Other demonstrations were held in Beirut, Tel Aviv, Dublin and Prague.
People take part in a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, U.S., February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
People take part in a protest against Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, U.S., February 24, 2022. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

Protesters turned out on public squares and outside Russian embassies in cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine — while more than a thousand who tried to do the same in Russia were arrested.

The earliest known protest occurred outside Russia’s embassy in Washington around 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) on Thursday, only three hours after President Vladimir Putin said he had launched his military operation.

Local news reports showed dozens of protesters in the U.S. capital waving Ukrainian flags and chanting “Stop Russian aggression!”

In London, hundreds of demonstrators, many of them Ukrainian and some weeping, gathered outside Downing Street, home to the prime minister, urging Britain to do more.

“We need help, we need someone to support us,” said one. “Ukraine is too small and the pressure is too big.”

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