Pro-Kremlin activists protested in Moscow on Saturday in front of the embassies of 20 countries considered “unfriendly” by Russia, marking the ninth anniversary of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
The youth movement “Molodaya Guardia” (“Young Guard”) complained in a statement that countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and France “support Ukraine (…) and provide seriously dangerous weapons to the Ukrainian regime”.
“With the help of these deadly weapons, the plan of Zelensky and Biden is to take Crimea back from the Russians,” the movement’s leader, Anton Demidov, said during a demonstration in front of the US embassy.
Around 400 activists joined the rally in front of the US embassy, displaying placards reading “America, you sow death” and “Russia with Crimea forever,” an AFP reporter said.
An AFP reporter said around 200 protesters gathered in front of the UK embassy. According to information provided by Molodaia gvardia, the number of pro-Kremlin activists who protested was 5,000.
Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea on March 18, 2014, following a referendum not recognized by Ukraine and the international community. The annexation brought several international sanctions against Russia, which were tightened after the invasion was launched in February 2022.
Author: Adrian Dumitru
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