Show you standing against war: Zelenskyy calls for global protests as Russia's invasion of Ukraine marks 1 month

In about 2-minute video, Zelenskyy, speaking in English said, "The war of Russia is not only the war against Ukraine. Its's meaning is much wider. Russia started the war against freedom as it is."

Show you standing against war: Zelenskyy calls for global protests as Russias invasion of Ukraine marks 1 month
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Kyiv:Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged citizens around the world to take to the streets to protest against Russia's invasion. In a video message, Zelenskyy called for global protests starting Thursday.


The video message was shared Ukraine Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter. "The war of Russia is not only the war against Ukraine. Russia started the war against freedom as it is. That's why I ask you to stand against the war! Starting from March 24 - exactly one month after the Russian invasion. All as one together who want to stop the war!" read the caption of the video post.




In about 2-minute video, Zelenskyy, speaking in English said, "The war of Russia is not only the war against Ukraine. Its's meaning is much wider. Russia started the war against freedom as it is."


He further said, "This is only the beginning for Russia on the Ukrainian land. Russia is trying to defeat the freedom of all people in Europe, of all the people in the world. It tries to show that only crude and cruel force matters. It tries to show that people do not matter, as well as everything else that make us people. That's the reason we all must stop Russia. The world must stop the war."


Zelenskyy also thanked everyone who acts in support of Ukraine, in support of freedom, but the "war continues".


"One month already. That's long. It breaks my heart, hearts of all Ukrainians and every free person on the planet. That's why I ask you to stand against the war, starting from March 24, exactly one month after Russian invades," the Ukrainian President said.


"From this day and after that, show your standing. Come from your offices, your homes, your schools and universities. Come in the name of peace. Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life," he said.


"Come to your schoolyards, your streets. Say that people matter, freedom matters, peace matters, Ukraine matters," he added.


"In downtowns of your cities, all as one together who want to stop the war," Zelenskyy said.


To recall, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24 after the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) appealed for help in defending themselves against the Kyiv forces.


Announcing the operation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the aim of its special operation is to demilitarize and "denazify" Ukraine and that only military infrastructure is being targeted - the civilian population is not in danger. Moscow has repeatedly stressed that it has no plans to occupy Ukraine.


Putin said the goal is to protect the people of Donbas, "who have been subjected to abuse, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years."


(Inputs from agencies)

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