Thousands took to the streets of Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis on Saturday carrying banners saying “Kharkiv is Ukraine” and “cease Russian aggression”, because the nation braced for a doable army offensive from Russia.
Weeks of diplomacy between the West and Moscow have produced no breakthrough after Russia massed tens of hundreds of troops close to Ukraine’s borders.
Moscow denies it plans to assault Ukraine however has demanded safety ensures, together with a block on Ukraine becoming a member of the NATO alliance.
Kharkiv, an jap industrial metropolis that lies 42 km (26 miles) from the Russian border, was recognized by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as a doable Russian goal, although his spokesman later stated he was talking hypothetically.
Demonstrators in Kharkiv sang the nationwide anthem and waved Ukrainian flags, or held up flags of allies which have supported Kyiv, together with the USA, Britain and the European Union.
“The folks got here into the streets to exhibit that Kharkiv is a Ukrainian metropolis and we won’t give up it,” stated Kharkiv resident Nina Kvitko.
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