March against Russia’s war in Ukraine goes global on Peace Day, September 21, 2014


Ukrainian politics

Article by: Alya Shandra

On September 21, 2014, International Peace Day, marches for peace were traditionally held all over the world. This global wave of marches grew in support for the Moscow march for Peace. 59 of them in 27 countries were held against Russian aggression in Ukraine, as registered on the Global FB event. Many more spontaneous protests were held. Russia has been vehemently denying its participation in the ongoing conflict of the Eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, but overwhelming evidence of the presence of regular Russian troops in Ukraine, such information on Russian soldiers KIA in Ukraine gathered by the “Cargo-200” FB group, has is turning the tide of Russian sentiment to speak out against the war in Ukraine, which is why in eight Russian cities organized marches were held. Click on the point on the map to get more info on the event. The full list of marches is here.

Marches held in Russia were in the spotlight of media attention. The most numerous one was in Moscow, with 20 to 30 thousand participants counted by the opposition yet only 5 thousand – by government officials. The rally in St.Petersburg, despite attempts of the authorities to disband the protest, gathered several thousand participants too. Other protest locations included Voronezh, Volgograd, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk.

Panorama shot of the Peace March in Moscow on September 21

Panorama shot of the Peace March in Moscow on September 21

During the march, ordinary Russians spoke out against Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war, asking Ukraine for forgiveness and saying that they have had enough of Putin’s lies.