From Washington, DC to Paris to Tel Aviv, people around the world protested Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week, waving the Ukrainian flag and highlighting its blue and yellow national colors.
the Brandenburg Gate in Berlinthe Colosseum in Rome, Downing Street in London and the European Union headquarters in Brussels were lit up in yellow and blue this week to show solidarity with Ukraine after Russia invaded the country, The Washington Post reported.
Protesters held signs reading “No War” in Tokyo and “Hands Off Ukraine” in Berlin. Protester protesting outside the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv set her Russian passport on fire, CBS News reported.
“We have been trying to build peace on this continent for 70 years,” French consultant Goery Mourez told The Post. “It’s important to say no to [Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTrudeau announces sanctions on Putin, Russian foreign minister Overnight Defense & National Security — Ukraine hangs in the balance Capitals’ Ovechkin calls for ‘no more war’ with Ukraine MORE]this is madness.
In Russia, however, the response to similar protests staged in St. Petersburg and Moscow has been markedly different, with officials detaining hundreds in St. Petersburg alone, according to CBS News.
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiTrudeau announces sanctions against Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Overnight Defense & National Security — Ukraine is at stake On The Money — Inflation held steady in January as omicron raged MORE said Thursday that it was “deeply courageous” for Russians to protest the invasion.
“Despite Putin’s crackdown in the country, dissenting opinions remain, and I think it’s important to note that,” the White House press secretary said. “To publicly protest President Putin and his war is a deeply courageous act. Their actions show the world that despite the Kremlin’s propaganda, there are Russians who deeply disagree with what he is doing in Ukraine.”
Athletes around the world have become some of the most prominent figures to speak out against the Russian invasion as well, including Russian Washington Capitals player Alex Ovechkin who declared, “Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is at war – Russia, Ukraine, different countries – we have to live in peace.”