On Thursday, the 24th of February 2022, at about 5 a.m. Putin declared war, and within minutes explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Donbas, and other cities.
“Attention everyone! Air alarm!” under loud sirens woke up people all over Ukraine.
And then began a real war, killing children, civilians, destroying neighborhoods, important infrastructure, historical architectural monuments from missile strikes in Russia and Belarus.
The war in Ukraine shook the whole world. Thousands of people from all over the world came to rallies to support Ukraine.
They demand an end to the war, sanctions against Russia, a halt to Putin, closing the sky over Ukraine, humanitarian and military assistance to Ukrainians, and more.
More than 80 countries and 15 international organizations support Ukraine.
In Tokyo, the Ukrainian diaspora rose to rallies at the Russian embassy on the 23rd of February, after Putin recognized the legal personality of the self-proclaimed "LPR" and "DPR".
The next day, people again took to the square near the Hachiko monument to draw attention to the war in Ukraine. Among them were not only Ukrainians and Japanese but also citizens of Lithuania, Latvia, the United States, Great Britain, and others.
"Aliens, please kidnap Putin" is an inscription on one of the posters during the protest in Tallinn. Thousands of non-Ukrainians in Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Finland, Austria, Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, Montenegro, Turkey, Ireland, and other countries took to the streets to oppose Russia's war in Ukraine.
The Anthem of Ukraine "Ukraine is not dead yet", the song "Chervona Ruta", slogans "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!” and blue and yellow flags were fluttering.
On the 28th of February, a copy of the Statue of Liberty was dressed in the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine in Colmar, France. This decision was made by Mayor Eric Straumann, thus demonstrating the solidarity of his city with the Ukrainian people.
"Take your hands off Ukraine", "Stop the war" and "Stop Putin immediately" with such slogans, representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities and states took to the streets to speak out against the war in Ukraine.
People of different nationalities and parts of the world joined them. In total, several volunteer groups in the United States are raising money, medicine, humanitarian aid, and equipment for soldiers to donate to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian diaspora in Canada did not stay away from the events in Ukraine and went to a series of rallies in Toronto, Ottawa, and other cities. People also help en masse by providing humanitarian aid to refugees and sending it to Ukraine, helping the Ukrainian Army, spreading the truth about the war in Ukraine, etc.
Far away in the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka, Ukrainians went to rallies to support the Motherland and oppose the war. People gathered with Ukrainian posters and flags, sang Ukrainian songs, and lit candles in memory of civilians killed during the war.
Some protesters came on vacation and could not return to their homeland. Locals help with housing and support Ukrainians. Also during the protests were local media, to which Ukrainians told truthful information about the war in Ukraine.
On the 27th of February, more than 5,000 people came out on Federation Square in Melbourne. This is a repeated rally in support of Ukraine. Here, people demanded help from the leaders of the international community in stopping the bloodshed during the brutal war in Ukrainian lands, where not only the military, but also children are dying, and to pray for our people.
And today people continue to go to the squares of cities of different countries to rally against the war, to illuminate architectural structures in blue and yellow in support of Ukraine.