Kakhovka HPP detonation: Ukrainians hold mass demonstrations worldwide

June 13,2023 773
Kakhovka HPP detonation: Ukrainians hold mass demonstrations worldwide

The worldwide Ukrainian community came together to support Ukraine after the Russians detonated the Kakhovka HPP. Activists rallied and called on the governments to help the affected Kherson Oblast and hold Russia accountable for yet another heinous war crime.

Peaceful protests took place in at least 15 countries. Australian Ukrainians in Melbourne gathered near the parliament building to tell the local public and the world about how the Russian army destroyed the Kakhovka HPP.

Ukrainians of New York held a mass demonstration in Times Square, the city’s central square. About a hundred interested people joined the picket.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress held demonstrations in several cities in the country. The participants called to punish the Russians for ecocide in the south of Ukraine. The Canada-Ukraine Foundation also condemned Russia’s actions. “CUF condemns this more recent act of Russian terrorism that has caused further environmental and humanitarian destruction in Ukraine, and together with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), through the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal Fund (UHA), we are redoubling our focus to the flood-affected area to address the most urgent needs for local residents and evacuees,” the organization stated.

Ukrainians in Latvia demanded to punish Russia for ecocide in Ukraine. “Crimes cannot be washed away with water,” the diaspora emphasized.

Ukrainians in Bulgaria went to the Russian embassy. “Killers!” those present shouted. The local community also collected humanitarian aid for the flooded villages of Mykolaiv Oblast.

Demonstrations took place in five cities in Portugal. “Among the participants of the demonstrations were many immigrants from Kherson and its surroundings, who painfully told about the terrible consequences of the Russian terrorist attack. In each city, the Portuguese also joined the Ukrainians. … The demonstration of Ukrainians in Portugal received wide coverage on local television and the press,” Pavlo Sadoha, Chairman of the Ukrainian Union in Portugal, said.

Ukrainians in Berlin held Russia has flooded us campaign. Members of the Ukrainian community created installations of “drowned animals” to draw attention to ecocide – a threat to the lives of people, animals, ecosystems and entire species.

Peaceful protests also took place in other German cities. In addition, Ukrainians collected humanitarian aid for the affected residents of Kherson Oblast.

Protests were organized in Denmark as well. “Wherever you are, you represent your country, and this applies to every Ukrainian! Ukrainians scattered all over the world, do not stay away, join the wave of pickets – Russia is killing the planet!” Zhanna Muher, a participant in the demonstration, said.

Ukrainians from France, the Czech Republic, and Estonia joined the mass demonstrations. Ukrainian organizations in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Slovenia collected humanitarian aid.

A protest march was also held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Activists came to the embassy of the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian Central Representation in the Republic of Argentina organized the rally. Its members, Ukrainian refugees, new emigrants, Lithuanian community representatives, and the Argentine Federation of Communities president participated in the picket.

You can find more about demonstrations from cities worldwide and add your photos on Facebook of the Ukrainian World Congress.

Earlier, 19 countries allocated humanitarian aid to the victims affected by the hydroelectric power plant explosion. Aid from 12 countries has already arrived. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba.

“What does this humanitarian aid include – there have already arrived over 150 generators, a little over 120 inflatable boats… 400 pumps and pumps… I think half a million tablets for water disinfection and other things. Fuel, drinking water,” the Ukrainian minister explained.

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