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 navy offensive from Russia.
Weeks of diplomacy between the West and Moscow have produced no breakthrough after Russia massed tens of 1000’s 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 japanese 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 mentioned 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 US, Britain and the European Union.
“The individuals got here into the streets to show that Kharkiv is a Ukrainian metropolis and we is not going to give up it,” mentioned Kharkiv resident Nina Kvitko.
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