Protests against the war in Ukraine: events in Europe and arrests in Russia

“A girl in a white dress poured red paint on the stairs of the St. Petersburg City Council in protest,” wrote St. Petersburg waiter Fontanka. “Her heart is covered in blood,” chanted the young girl before the police arrested her.

According to the Mediazon server, the girl had a poster under her feet with the explanatory inscription “I believe that it is useless to challenge you to common sense, so I turn to your heart.”

According to eyewitnesses, the protest was organized by activist Yevgeny Isaev, Fontanka wrote. “A group of people gathered on the spot, in which there were ‘good people’ who loudly advised the girl to burn herself and then judged something with the police,” the portal added.

In Moscow’s Red Square, they arrested activist Sergei Chernov with the “No to Fascism” banner in an obvious allusion to the Z-shaped stripes, which are used to quickly identify Russian troops fighting Ukraine. Avtozak’s server added that along with the protester, the police arrested his correspondent, who was filming the protest. The journalists were taken to the police station, where they released him. Prior to his release, he and Chernov drafted a protocol on the offense of “discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation”. In the event of a repeat offense, this newly introduced offense turns into a crime for which there is a risk of a longer stay in prison in Russia.

According to the server, Moscow police also arrested activist Alexander Savin, who came out to Red Square with a poster calling for the release of political prisoners.

The word ‘children’ in Cyrillic appeared outside many theaters across Europe today, the Russian BBC reported. She recalled that such a giant inscription, clearly visible from the air, was also in front of the besieged Mariupol theater, where probably about a thousand people were hiding from Russian air raids and shelling. Nevertheless, a bomb hit the theater. According to Mariupol authorities, at least 300 people are living for their lives.

An event in Budapest was also dedicated to these Mariupol victims. Activists at the Holocaust memorial site in the form of abandoned shoes and boots on the Danube embankment, where the Nazis murdered Hungarian Jews during WWII – and forced them off before the assassination , added another 300 pairs of shoes.

According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytra Kuleba, the activists were inspired by a speech by President Volodymyr Zelenský, who warned at the European Union summit on Thursday that Russian atrocities in Mariupol in the 21st century are no different from Nazi atrocities in Budapest in 1944 and 1945. “It is not enough to sympathize now, concrete actions are needed,” Kuleba said, calling on partners: “Impose even tougher sanctions, give Ukraine all the necessary weapons , push Russia into even deeper isolation, support Ukraine in everything until our victory!”

Kyiv considers the Hungarian government’s reluctant approach to defending Ukraine against Russian aggression and anti-Russian sanctions to be wrong. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who will be re-elected next month, rejects the extension of European Union sanctions to Russian oil and gas imports. “Such sanctions would hurt us more than Russia,” Orban said. Hungary also refuses to send arms to Ukraine to help fight Russia. Orbán also banned the transport of arms to Ukraine via Hungary.

In his video message to the European Council, Zelensky told Orbán that Hungarians should decide for themselves who they are with. “Viktor, do you know what is happening in Mariupol? he asked the head of the Hungarian government, reminding him that mass murders could still take place today, as they did during the Second World War. “And are you hesitating whether to trade with Russia or not? There is no time to hesitate, it is time to decide,” Zelensky told Orban.

Hungary’s approach to the war in Ukraine is also “as it should be” from a moral point of view, Orbán said during today’s meeting with voters around Budapest. . According to the MTI news agency, the prime minister took issue with opposition criticism that Hungarians would be a ‘hopeless nation’ if they did not send troops or weapons to Ukraine and stayed apart. “Let’s be clear that we are a great nation. We help over half a million people in need. We are a great country that morally does exactly what it should. But let no one ask us to take part in a war that is not our war. We see suffering, but we must not destroy ourselves by sending our children into a war that has nothing to do with us”, declared the head of the Hungarian government.

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