Ukraine conflict: Protests held around UK in support of Ukraine

Ukraine conflict: Protests held around UK in support of Ukraine

Ukraine conflict: Protests held around UK in support of Ukraine

Protests and demonstrations in support of Ukraine have been held around the UK as Russia continues its invasion.


Thousands have joined various rallies, including outside the Russian embassy and Downing Street in London, and in Manchester and Edinburgh.


Eggs were thrown at the embassy and messages written in chalk were scrawled over the outer walls.


And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said they “stand” with the people of Ukraine as they “bravely fight”.



In a tweet, Prince William and Catherine said they had met President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife in 2020 and said: “Today we stand with the president and all of Ukraine’s people as they bravely fight for that future.”


Prince Harry and Meghan also released a statement saying they stood with the people of Ukraine “against this breach of international and humanitarian law” and encouraged global leaders to do the same.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife,

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska in 2020

Earlier Boris Johnson hailed plans to send extra military support and humanitarian aid to Ukraine as it remains under attack from Russia.


He later tweeted that he had spoked to Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte to discuss defensive aid for Ukraine and the “need for urgent action to exclude Russia” from the Swift of international banking payments.

One of the demonstrations saw large crowds of people gathering outside the Russian embassy in London throughout the day. There were chants of “Russia stop the war”, “Putin stop the war” and “leave Ukraine alone”.


Among them was Elena Shevchenko, who is half-Russian, half-Ukrainian, and said her father is currently in Kyiv, with his family.


She said he had been sleeping in a shelter to escape the bombing.


Elena Shevchenko holds a sign reading “Stop bombing my family”

Elena Shevchenko, who is half-Russian and half-Ukrainian, said she has been unable to sleep since Russia invaded Ukraine

“I feel desperate and there’s not a lot I can do,” she said. “But being here at least is something and I can show my position and show my support.”


Asked her first reaction to the invasion earlier this week, she said: “We didn’t believe it would happen until the end. I cried a lot. I don’t sleep at all. I feel so helpless.”


One Russian woman, who gave her name as Alla, said she had been in tears all day after the invasion. “I couldn’t believe it was happening, the feeling of shame, guilt, horror. I felt helpless I didn’t know what to do,” she said.


She added that it felt like “fighting with yourself” and said her generation did not support the invasion.


Mick Antoniw, a minister in the Welsh government who had been in Kyiv just before the invasion, was also at the protest and called on the government to introduce “sanctions which isolate Russia, economically, socially, politically and culturally” – and said they must be “so severe that the people around Putin want to remove Putin”.