Yesterday (24 February), after weeks of build up and speculation, Russia invaded Ukraine. Hundreds of shells, bombs and missiles were dropped on targets across the country with every major Ukrainian city taking fire. So far, 137 have been confirmed dead by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He confirmed that a further 316 people had been injured.
The bloody and brutal day saw hundreds of thousands pack the roads to try to escape advancing Russian troops. The invasion, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent much of the last month denying would happen, has been met with outrage and condemnation across the world with heavy sanctions imposed upon Russia.
In 40 towns and cities across Russia last night, thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against the war. More than 1700 people were detained for their parts in the protests which saw crowds gather in Moscow and St Petersburg chanting “no to war”.
In cities across the world, protestors gathered to echo the message. This included in London, where protestors rallied outside Downing Street in support of Ukraine and to call for tougher sanctions on Russia. Many were clad in Ukraine’s national colours of yellow and blue, chanting slogans such as “Hands off Ukraine” and “Stop Putin, stop the war”, and holding placards condemning Vladimir Putin as a war criminal. Photographer Aiyush Pachnanda was there to capture the action.
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