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Poland: Hundreds rally in front of Russia's embassy in Warsaw on Ukraine Unity Day02:48

Poland: Hundreds rally in front of Russia's embassy in Warsaw on Ukraine Unity Day

Poland, Warsaw
January 22, 2023 at 21:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of anti-Russian demonstrators protested on Sunday in front of Russia's embassy in Warsaw on Ukraine Unity Day, Sunday.

Footage shows protesters, mostly from the Ukrainian refugee community in Poland, with flags and anti-Russian banners staging a rally by blocking the street. Demonstrators set up a symbolic tribunal for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"Terrorists and war criminals will finally be convicted and will finally hear the sentence for their actions," said Natalia Panchenko, the leader of 'Euromaidan Warsaw' organisation and protest organizer.

Demonstrators were seen holding banners reading 'The murderer must be in the tribunal', 'Germans, give the tanks to the Ukrainians now', 'Save Nikopol', 'Russia is a terrorist state', and 'Stop Russian aggression'.

Since 1999 the Day, Ukraine celebrates Unity Day on January 22, marking the day when the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic (WUPR) signed the Unification Act in 1919.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

Poland: Hundreds rally in front of Russia's embassy in Warsaw on Ukraine Unity Day02:48
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Hundreds of anti-Russian demonstrators protested on Sunday in front of Russia's embassy in Warsaw on Ukraine Unity Day, Sunday.

Footage shows protesters, mostly from the Ukrainian refugee community in Poland, with flags and anti-Russian banners staging a rally by blocking the street. Demonstrators set up a symbolic tribunal for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

"Terrorists and war criminals will finally be convicted and will finally hear the sentence for their actions," said Natalia Panchenko, the leader of 'Euromaidan Warsaw' organisation and protest organizer.

Demonstrators were seen holding banners reading 'The murderer must be in the tribunal', 'Germans, give the tanks to the Ukrainians now', 'Save Nikopol', 'Russia is a terrorist state', and 'Stop Russian aggression'.

Since 1999 the Day, Ukraine celebrates Unity Day on January 22, marking the day when the Ukrainian People's Republic (UPR) and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic (WUPR) signed the Unification Act in 1919.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February 2022 after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.