Mass Antiwar Protests Sweep Europe as Russia’s Invasion Continues

On Sunday, thousands marched to protest Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Russia bombarded major cities and intensified the humanitarian crisis. reverberating effects worldwide.

In addition to protests in Berlin, London, Warsaw, and Madrid — where participants carried signs and banners that read “Stop the War” and “Peace and Solidarity for the People in Ukraine” — demonstrations sprang up on a smaller scale in occupied Ukrainian cities and in MoscowDespite threats of arrest and brutal police treatment, they refused to be arrested.

Thousands of Russian antiwar protesters were detained and abusedAccording to human rights organisations, the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, and has been resisted by law enforcement ever since.

The demonstrations of Sunday came amid some diplomatic progress in talks with Russia and Ukraine. These countries have been negotiating on Belarus’ border since the beginning of the invasion.

Mykhailo Poolyak, advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilenskyy said Sunday that Russia is “beginning to talk constructively” and predicted that “we will achieve some results literally in a matter of days.”

Leonid Slutsky, a Russian delegate to the negotiations with Ukraine, echoed his counterpart’s assessment.

“According to my personal expectations, this progress may grow in the coming days into a joint position of both delegations, into documents for signing,” Slutsky toldSunday’s report was not provided by reporters.

Although there were some positive developments in diplomatic negotiations, Russia did not show any signs of easing its aggression. forcedMore than 2.5 Million people flee Ukraine, with millions more internally displaced.

Zelenskyy claimed Saturday that 125,000 people had been able escape through humanitarian corridors set up in besieged cities. But hundreds of thousands are still trapped in Mariupol, and other areas subject to heavy shelling from Russian forces.

Russia early Sunday morning bombedA Ukrainian military facility was found just 22 miles from Poland’s border. It is a NATO member. The airstrike, believed to be Russia’s westernmost attack on Ukraine thus far, killed dozens of people and wounded more than 130 others.

The Associated Press reported that “continued fighting on multiple fronts heaped further misery on the country Sunday and provoked renewed international outrage.”

Brent Renaud is an American journalist who previously contributed to The New York TimesAccording to Ukrainian authorities, the Russian forces killed Renaud in the town Irpin on Sunday. Renaud was accompanied by another journalist, who was apparently injured.

“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of U.S. journalist Brent Renaud in Ukraine,” Carlos Martinez de la Serna of the Committee to Protect Journalists saidIn a statement. “This kind of attack is totally unacceptable, and is a violation of international law. Russian forces in Ukraine must stop all violence against journalists and other civilians at once, and whoever killed Renaud should be held to account.”

According to the United Nations, at least 549 civilians have been killed and nearly 1,000 have been wounded since Russia invaded Ukraine — estimates that are believed to be significant undercounts.

Local Ukrainian officials said Sunday that 2,187 civilians have been killed in Mariupol alone since the start of Russia’s attack.