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People around the world protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Ukrainians gather for "Mariupol is Ukraine" in Mariupol, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Russian lawmakers on Tuesday authorized President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside the country — a move that could presage a broader attack on Ukraine.
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From Washington, D.C. to Paris to Tel Aviv, people around the world this week protested Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, waving the Ukrainian flag and spotlighting its national blue and yellow colors.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Colosseum in Rome, London’s Downing Street and the European Union headquarters in Brussels were illuminated in yellow and blue this week to show solidarity for Ukraine after Russia invaded the country, The Washington Post reported.

Demonstrators held signs reading “No war” in Tokyo and “Hands off Ukraine” in Berlin. A protester demonstrating outside of the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv lit her Russian passport on fire, CBS News reported.

“We’ve been trying to build peace on this continent for the last 70 years,” a French consultant, Goery Mourez, told the Post. “It’s important to say no to [Russian President Vladimir Putin]’s madness.”

In Russia, however, the response to similar protests held in St. Petersburg and Moscow were pointedly different, with officials detaining hundreds in St. Petersburg alone, according to CBS News.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that it was “deeply courageous” for Russians to be protesting against the invasion.

“Despite Putin’s crackdown at home, dissenting views remain, and I think that’s important to note,” the White House press secretary said. “To publicly protest against President Putin and his war is a deeply courageous act. Their actions show the world that despite the Kremlin’s propaganda, there are Russian people who profoundly disagree with what he is doing in Ukraine.”

Athletes around the world have become some of the most prominent figures to also speak out against the Russian invasion, including Russian Washington Capitals player Alex Ovechkin who said, “Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war — Russia, Ukraine, different countries — we have to live in peace.”

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