Ukrainian Diaspora Protests Russian Aggression in Multiple Cities
Demonstrations were held in New York, London and Prague
People held a rally in New York in support of Ukraine.
They protested against Russia’s recent attack on Ukrainian ships and capture of Ukrainian sailors.
Activists with Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags stood outside the building of Russia’s temporary representation in the Untied Nations.
“We gathered here first and foremost to support our sailors, who were so brazenly and unreasonably captured by the Russian Federation. Guys, we’re with you. All Ukrainians here support you. Hold on. Our demonstration here gives particular leverage on people who make decisions in Washington. We have already ensured that Trump canceled the meeting with Putin, and this is just the beginning,” Ostap Hnylynskiy, a participant in the protest said.
In London, the Ukrainian diaspora has started a month-long campaign against Russian aggression, Ukrinform reports.
A demonstration will be held three hours a day on Downing Street, near the office of Prime Minister Theresa May.
The organizers of the protest, members of the London Euromaidan group and London branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, aim to bring to light Russia’s continuous aggression against Ukraine, and attack against Ukrainian sailors in the Azov Sea.
Protesters demand the imposition of new, stronger sanctions against the Kremlin, and the release of all Ukrainian citizens illegally imprisoned in Russia.
There are currently over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and in annexed Crimea, including film director Oleh Sentsov and Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko.
Another rally was held in Prague, in the Czech Republic.
Activists hung a Ukrainian flag and a banner saying “Crimea is Ukraine! Ukraine is Europe!” Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Yevhen Perebyinis, wrote on Twitter.