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Russia invades Ukraine: Anti-war protests in Tokyo, London, Taipei and Rome


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Anti-war protests broke out in several big cities throughout the world, including Tokyo, London, Rome and Taipei, as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. 

Russia’s attack, unleashed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this week, reached its third day on Saturday, when Kremlin forces forged ahead in their efforts to overtake the capital city of Kyiv. Hundreds of deaths have been reported so far as Ukrainian forces remain unrelenting in their efforts to protect their homeland, parts of which have already been destroyed.

From Tokyo to London to Taipei, Ukrainians living abroad and protesters have turned out on the streets to join anti-war rallies spreading around the world.

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Several hundred Ukrainians living in Japan gathered outside of Tokyo’s main train stations Saturday, chanting “Stop war!” and “Peace for Ukraine.” They held up signs with phrases like “No war” and “Stop Putin, Stop Russia,” while others waved Ukrainian flags. At a separate rally reportedly organized by Russian residents in Japan, several dozen people chanted “Hands off Ukraine!”

Thousands of people have turned out in Milan to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The march in Italy’s business capital appeared to be the largest of similar protests held Saturday in many Italian cities and towns. In Milan, many participants held up a 20-by-10 meter (66-by-33 foot) rainbow-hued peace banner – with the enormous cloth sometimes covering their heads – to show opposition to the invasion.

In Rome, several hundred people rallied in a square in the city’s historic center in a protest organized by Italian labor leaders. At the Rome protest, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza referred to the rallies when he said that the “cry is rising from the grassroots” to press for a “return to dialogue and a stop to arms.”

Meanwhile in Taiwan, more than 100 demonstrators chanting “Stand with Ukraine” and “Glory to Ukraine” protested outside the Russian representative office in Taiwan for a second day Saturday.

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“My family, my friends are now sheltered in their basements because of the air attacks,” Yulia Kolorova, a 49-year-old Ukrainian living in Taiwan, told The . “I just want them to be strong. I just can’t imagine how scary it is to see the missiles over your head. It’s surreal.”

The invasion also triggered a series of anti-war protests earlier this week in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities across Russia, which were quickly dispersed by police.

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WHD News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report, as well as The . 

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