Invaders must die 20k furious Ukrainians erupt at Putin over invasion threat – PICTURES
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Ukrainian citizens marched through the centre of Kiev, chanting “Glory to Ukraine” and carrying Ukrainian flags. Some of them carried banners that said “Ukrainians will resist” and “Invaders must die”, while others set off yellow flares. According to an eyewitness, more than 20,000 people were in attendance.
Harley Whitehead, who was present at the march, told Express.co.uk: “The demonstration involved over 20,000 people, everybody gathered at Shevchenko Park at 1.00pm and then marched down Kreschatyk Street into independence square, otherwise known as Maidan.
“A car was leading the march with loud large speakers attached chanting anti-Putin slogans along with a speaker stood on the back with a microphone.
“Ukrainians were setting off yellow flares and holding anti-Putin banners during the demonstrations insisting they will fight to the end.
“A large police presence blocked off all the roads.”
This came as the Ukrainian government told people not to panic.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said: “The best friend of our enemies is panic in our country.
“And all this information is just provoking panic and can’t help us.
“I can’t agree or disagree with what hasn’t happened yet.
“So far, there is no full-scale war in Ukraine.”
But referencing Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Mr Zelenskiy said: “We have to be ready each day.
“It did not begin yesterday.
“It began in 2014, so, we are ready and this is why we are here.”
The head of Ukrainian armed forces Valery Zaluzhny warned Mr Putin that the country is prepared for war.
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He said: “We have strengthened the defence of Kiev.
“We have gone through the war and due preparation.
“Therefore, we are ready to meet enemies and not with flowers, but with Stingers, Javelins and NLAW. Welcome to hell!”
Mr Putin has built up 130,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.
On Monday, the UK Foreign Office issued travel advice urging all British nationals to leave Ukraine by Monday evening.
Several other countries including Israel, Japan, Bulgaria and Germany issued similar warnings over the weekend.
The British embassy is also pulling out non-essential staff but local staff and a small team will remain in the country.
Meanwhile, the US State Department ordered all but a “core team” of its diplomats and employees to leave their embassy in Kiev.
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