Following yesterday’s protest near the Russian embassy in London, a few dozen Ukrainian activists rallied at Whitehall opposite David Cameron’s residence on 21 July.
This was the third in a series of protests organised by the Ukrainian community in London calling to condemn Russian aggressive politics that has been heating up political turmoil and waging war in the east of Ukraine. This has led to Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 being downed by a surface-to-air missile likely launched by Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk area, as suggested by circumstantial evidence.
The protesters held flags and posters. They chanted: ‘Putin is a murderer!’, ‘Putin is a terrorist!’, ‘Stop Russian fascism!’, ‘Putin, it’s your missile!’ They also called for sanctions on Russia and Russian oligarchs. The Ukrainian community which has been calling for tougher sanctions on Russia for months has supported Downing Street’s stance urging the EU to impose level 3 sanctions.
The rally ended with a discussion of fundraising plans to support the Ukrainian army. The diaspora has been actively engaging in collecting donations for Ukraine since the beginning of Euromaidan, including organisation of charity events, gathering money and buying warm clothes, medicine and body armour. Since November 2013, London-based community has reportedly collected over £100,000.
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