Many Ukraine Citizens Protest In Istanbul Marks 7 Months Of War
In Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, dozens of Ukraine citizens Protest to remember seven months since Russia invaded Ukraine.
The Ukrainian national anthem was played to start the demonstration on Saturday. Some people held signs that portrayed Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.
One read: “It’s blood oil. Are you still buying Russian oil, gas, and coal?”
Russian activists who traveled to Turkey months before the invasion were among the protesters. Russian protesters carried white-blue-white banners, a representation of their opposition to the Kremlin and the war.
Ilya Antonov, a war protester who has participated in demonstrations in Istanbul since the war began, predicted that many more Russians will visit the city. Another protester, 30-year-old Russian activist and teacher Stanislav Poklonskyi, departed for Turkey in March in order to “escape jail” for his anti-war beliefs.
He said at the start of the invasion, Russians who abandoned their country were mainly opposition members and activists. Now because of the troop mobilisation decree, everyone is “running for their lives”. Dozens of flights out of Russia – with tickets sold at sky-high prices – carried men to international destinations such as Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Serbia, where Russians do not need visas.