Protests against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine erupted around the world and even reached Russia, as people mocked photos of the Russian president looking like Adolf Hitler.
The demonstrators called on Putin to stop the war against Ukraine, which began early Thursday morning.
In Russia, people scrawled “Adolf Putin” on a wall in the Russian president’s hometown of St. Petersburg.
One of the earliest known protests was outside the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. around 1 a.m. Thursday, shortly after news broke that Russian troops had launched a massive attack on their neighbor.
Graffiti in an underground passage in the center of St. Petersburg with the inscription “Adolf Putin” in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A member of the Ukrainian Association of South Africa holds a banner depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler during a pro-Ukraine protest in front of the Russian embassy in Pretoria on February 25.
A man walks past graffiti during an anti-war protest in St. Petersburg, Russia, Feb. 24.
Muscovites with posters “No to war. Putin, go away” and comparing him with Hitler walked the streets
A man holds a banner reading “No” during an anti-war protest on Lenin Square in Novosibirsk in central Russia.
People attend an anti-war protest in President Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg as critics predict the invasion could lead to his downfall.
Video from the protest shows dozens of protesters in the US capital waving Ukrainian flags and chanting “stop Russian aggression.”
Footage of protests in New York City’s Times Square later that day shows hundreds of demonstrators holding a larger version of the Ukrainian flag and waving it in unison. Others chanted: “Putin get out of Ukraine.”
Even in Russia, people who were against the war expressed their feelings by likening Putin to Adolf Hitler.
In the UK, people painted “mass murder” in red graffiti on the wall of the Russian Visa Application Center in Edinburgh.
A woman in Los Angeles holds up a sign that appears to compare Putin’s actions to those of the Nazis. Putin has stated that one of his goals is the “denazification” of Ukraine, although the country’s democratically elected president is a Jew.
Outside the Russian embassy in Warsaw, Poland, protesters held a banner reading “Together with Ukraine” and waved Ukrainian flags.
A group of protesters stood outside the Russian consulate in Manhattan on Thursday in support of Ukraine.
The EU said today that Putin’s actions are comparable to those of the Nazis during World War II.
“He talks about the denazification of Ukraine, but behaves like a Nazi. So it’s all in his head,” EU spokesman Peter Stano told reporters in Brussels on Friday.
The spokesman was asked about Putin’s alleged military goals, including his repeated claims that Russia’s invasion was intended to prevent a “genocide” against Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population.
“He always says something about preventing genocide, which is complete nonsense because he is committing or about to commit genocide,” Stano said.
The EU said today that Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured yesterday at a meeting with representatives of the Russian business community in the Moscow Kremlin) sought to destroy Ukraine and that his actions are comparable to those of the Nazis in World War II.
Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators carry banners and an image of Vladimir Putin outside the Russian Mission to the UN on Thursday in New York.
A large group of protesters, most of whom were Ukrainians, chanted and held signs in front of the Russian consulate in Manhattan.
Members of the Christian Ukrainian community of Rome protest against Russia’s attack on Ukraine on Thursday in Rome, Italy.
Rockets fired at the Ukrainian capital on Friday as Russian troops advanced and authorities in Kiev said they were preparing for an assault aimed at overthrowing the government.
Air raid sirens wailed over Kiev, a European city of three million, and some residents took refuge in underground metro stations, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion that shocked the world.
Ukrainian officials said a Russian plane was shot down and crashed into a building in Kiev at night, setting it on fire and injuring eight people.
A senior Ukrainian official said that Russian troops would enter areas near the capital later on Friday and that Ukrainian forces were defending positions on four fronts despite being outnumbered.