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Over 1,700 Russians arrested for protesting Putin’s war on Ukraine 

Russian protesters have been gathering in the streets to speak out against their government’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, despite the likelihood of being arrested for doing so.

The demonstrations, which have broken out in dozens of cities across Russia, aimed to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching the attack.

Protestors were holding rallies, crying slogans, and further demanding to halt the assault. The Russian police are said to have detained around 1,745 people across 54 Russian cities while a maximum of them were in Moscow. 

As sirens blasted in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and large explosions were heard there and in other cities, many Russians were signing open letters and online petitions demanding the Kremlin halt the assault, which the Ukrainian health minister said had killed at least 57 Ukrainians and wounded dozens more.

Protesters also turned out on public squares and outside Russian embassies in cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv and New York on Thursday to denounce the invasion of Ukraine.

In the Swiss capital Bern, hundreds gathered, holding Ukrainian flags and chanting “Peace for Ukraine!” Other demonstrations were held in Beirut, Dublin and Prague.

Vladimir Putin referred to the attack as a “special military operation” to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine from “genocide.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: AP NEWS

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