Protesters worldwide take to the streets against Russian aggression in Ukraine

Protests took place in the U.S., Poland, England and even Russia.

February 24, 2022, 9:20 PM

The streets of several major cities across the globe transformed into seas of blue and yellow Ukrainian flags on Thursday. Protesters are demanding action from their local leaders regarding the Russian invasion into Ukraine, which has already claimed dozens of lives.

In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched to and gathered at Times Square, the Russian Mission and United Nations buildings in support of Ukraine amid the Russian attacks.

The city is home to the largest Ukrainian community in the U.S., with more than 150,000 Ukrainians residing across the region.

PHOTO: People take part in a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Times Square, in New York, Feb. 24, 2022.
People take part in a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Times Square, in New York, Feb. 24, 2022.
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In Washington, D.C., protesters marched to the White House, as well as to the Russian embassy, to demand action from President Joe Biden. According to Washington ABC affiliate WJLA, a demonstrator painted the word "murder" on the sidewalk in front of the embassy building.

PHOTO: People take part in a vigil to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24, 2022.
People take part in a vigil to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24, 2022.
Andrew Harnik/AP

Protests also took place in Chicago.

In London, hundreds of protesters gathered outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office and the Russian Embassy carrying Ukrainian flags. Russians, Ukrainians and other protesters joined together in calls against the military invasion.

PHOTO: People gather on Whitehall opposite Downing Street protesting the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, on Feb. 24, 2022, in London.
People gather on Whitehall opposite Downing Street protesting the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, on Feb. 24, 2022, in London.
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Berlin's most famous landmark, The Brandenburg Gate, was lit in the yellow and blue colors of Ukraine in support of the country under siege. Thousands also marched through the city's streets in support of Ukrainians.

PHOTO: A banner is pictured in front of Brandenburg Gate lit up in the colours of Ukrainian flag during an anti-war protest in Berlin, Feb. 24, 2022.
A banner is pictured in front of Brandenburg Gate lit up in the colours of Ukrainian flag during an anti-war protest in Berlin, Feb. 24, 2022.
Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

In Paris, the City Hall was also lit up in support of Ukraine. Marches also took place throughout the city.

PHOTO: People gather in front of the city hall in support of the Ukrainian people and to protest the invasion of Ukraine by Russia military operation, on Feb. 24, 2022, in Lyon, France.
People gather in front of the city hall in support of the Ukrainian people and to protest the invasion of Ukraine by Russia military operation, on Feb. 24, 2022, in Lyon, France.
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In Moscow, anti-war protesters spoke out against their own country, as Russian military forces continued to lay siege to their neighboring country. More than a thousand protesters were arrested in a sign of the totalitarian nature of Russia's government. Protests also broke out in Saint Petersburg.

PHOTO: People protest against the special military operation in Ukraine on Pushkin Square in Moscow, Feb. 24, 2022.
People protest against the special military operation in Ukraine on Pushkin Square in Moscow, Feb. 24, 2022.
Emin Dzhafarov/Kommersant Photo via Polaris
PHOTO: People attend an anti-war protest, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 24, 2022.
People attend an anti-war protest, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 24, 2022.
Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Protests also took place in Spain, Lebanon, Austria, The Netherlands, Poland and more.

PHOTO: People gather to protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Katowice, Poland, Feb. 24, 2022.
People gather to protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in Katowice, Poland, Feb. 24, 2022.
Grzegorz Celejewski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via Reuters
PHOTO: Ukraine's players listen to their national anthem ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifying game between Spain and Ukraine at Vista Alegre Pavilion in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, Feb. 24, 2022.
Ukraine's players listen to their national anthem ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifying game between Spain and Ukraine at Vista Alegre Pavilion in Cordoba, Andalusia, Spain, Feb. 24, 2022.
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PHOTO: Ukranian people living in Switzerland display posters as they stand around a huge Ukrainian national flag during a protest in Bern, Switzerland, Feb. 24, 2022.
Ukranian people living in Switzerland display posters as they stand around a huge Ukrainian national flag during a protest in Bern, Switzerland, Feb. 24, 2022.
Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
PHOTO: A demonstration in support of Ukraine is held on Feb. 24, 2022, on the Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
A demonstration in support of Ukraine is held on Feb. 24, 2022, on the Wenceslas Square in Prague, Czech Republic.
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PHOTO: Ukrainian nationals chant slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration outside the Russian embassy in Beirut to denounce the Russian military operation against Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2022.
Ukrainian nationals chant slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration outside the Russian embassy in Beirut to denounce the Russian military operation against Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2022.
Marwan Naamani/Polaris
PHOTO: Demonstrators display a giant Ukrainian flag during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2022, in front of the Russian Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.
Demonstrators display a giant Ukrainian flag during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, on Feb. 24, 2022, in front of the Russian Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.
Raigo Pajula/AFP via Getty Images
PHOTO: People protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Embassy in Riga, Latvia, Feb. 24, 2022.
People protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Embassy in Riga, Latvia, Feb. 24, 2022.
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PHOTO: People take part in a protest against Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Feb. 24, 2022.
People take part in a protest against Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Feb. 24, 2022.
Mindaugas Kulbis/AP
PHOTO: Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun paint a mural to protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in the rebel-held town of Binnish in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on Feb. 24, 2022.
Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun paint a mural to protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, in the rebel-held town of Binnish in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on Feb. 24, 2022.
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