Hundreds of protesters gathered in Nottingham city centre for a demonstration about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
They were seen singing the national anthem of Ukraine, called “Glory and Freedom of Ukraine has not Perished”.
Demonstrators also showed their support by holding flags and “Stop Putin” signs and banners.
Video: Demonstrators singing the National Anthem of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine, calling it a “special operation” that has resulted in tens of thousands fleeing the country. Russia has been sanctioned as a result.
However, Zoriana Climenco from Ukraine believes the sanctions are not enough: “Putin has his hands open and he is not scared of anyone,” she said.
Audio: Zoriana Climenco, organiser of Ukraine protest in Nottingham says”sanctions are not enough and the west needs to do a lot more”
Natalia Chigaveska from Ukraine who lives in Nottingham believes that the sanctions will help to break Russia’s regime.
However, the 30-year-old added that “I think it should’ve been done before, it should have all started with Crimea.”
“We still have people dying every single second, every single hour as we speak”
She pleaded for help: “We need to close the sky as we still have people dying every single second, every single hour as we speak.”
Audio: Natalia Chigaveska pleads for help
Loads of people are stuck in Ukraine at the moment. Petro Tyminskyj from the Ukraine Culture Centre in Nottingham said his family and friends were stuck in Ukraine.
The 55-year-old added that he feels quite helpless: “I can’t help it. I feel like I can’t do anything. Yes, I have donated but I wanna do more but what else can I do?”
Audio: Petro Tyminskyj from the Ukraine Culture Centre in Nottingham says he wants to help but he feels helpless
- The Ukrainian military has claimed Russian forces have stockpiles of ammunition and food that will last for “no more than three days” in its operational repor on 22 March. Officials said the situation is similar with fuel, adding: “Mobilisation is carried out chaotically … most of them have no military specialty because they have never served in the military.” Ukraine also claimed its forces have retaken the town of Makariv, just over 30 miles (50km) west of Kyiv.
- Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged direct talks with Vladimir Putin, saying: “Without this meeting, it is impossible to fully understand what they are ready for in order to stop the war.”
- Zelenskiy told the Italian parliament: “For Russian troops, Ukraine is the gates of Europe, where they want to break in.” Italian prime minister Mario Draghi said Ukraine has offered “heroic” resistance and that Italy would support Kyiv’s bid to join the EU.
- EU leaders intend to set up a “trust fund” for Ukraine as it battles Russia’s invasion and to help it rebuild after the war, according to a draft document prepared before Thursday’s EU summit.