Russian police have on Thursday made several arrests in Moscow’s Pushkin Square, where Russians have come to protest the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, according to witnesses in Moscow.
Footage of protests in the city of St. Petersburg which is Putin’s birthplace also surfaced on social media on Thursday.
An unspecified number of Russian citizens were detained by police after demonstrating with posters reading “No to War!” and other anti-Putin messages at Pushkin Square, which has been closed off by police.
Meanwhile in Saint Petersburg riot police has arrested a woman with a newborn baby for holding a peace sign at the demonstration against the war in #Ukraine. She since was taken in the police car to the police station, more information to follow. #Russia pic.twitter.com/GhDPi52CZd
— Belarus Free Theatre (@BFreeTheatre) February 25, 2022
People attend an anti-war protest in Saint Petersburg, Russia, amid Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 24, 2022
People held signs and chanted “No to war” in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city of Novosibirsk and the Russian capital Moscow.
Спасибо, Новосибирск! pic.twitter.com/GquOUB2bGw
— Ярость и Мультифора (@hellpad) February 24, 2022
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) February 24, 2022
Police are detaining anti-war protesters in Moscow.
Justin Trudeau would be proud.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 24, 2022
Thomas van Linge, who has been reporting on incidents surrounding the invasion of Ukraine, tweeted footage of what he said was a rally in the city of Tyumen in which he said that “police are busy arresting everyone before it takes off.”
Independent news outlet Meduza reported that anti-war solo picketers were also popping up in cities across Russia.
Meanwhile, rallies took place across the world to protest President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
A rally organized by the London Euromaidan group was held in the British capital while protests were also held in cities including Berlin, Barcelona, The Hague in the Netherlands, Warsaw among others.
London now! pic.twitter.com/ZS2wO1USuh
— Thomas Sanftl (@ThomasSanftl) February 24, 2022
This is a developing story.