PROTEST

Ukrainians march in Hong Kong to denounce Putin and Russia over ‘continued aggression’

Demonstration from Central to Wan Chai focuses on conflict that escalated between the two countries in 2014

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 12:13am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 12:13am

A handful of members of the Ukrainian community in Hong Kong and their local supporters held a protest on Friday night, accusing the Russian government of “continued aggression” against eastern Ukraine.

They marched from Chater Garden to Sun Hung Kai Centre in Wan Chai, where the Russian consulate is based.

The demonstration is part of global protests being held in multiple cities, including London, Paris and Rome, as well as 19 cities in Ukraine.

Protesters demanded the media continue to report on events in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. They also called on Moscow to completely withdraw all “occupation forces” and military equipment from Ukraine as well as release Ukrainian citizens held by Russia. In addition, they sought a stronger observation mission by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

They also demanded Russian President Vladimir Putin “live up to obligations” in the second Minsk Protocol of last year. Russia and Ukraine have been locked in continuing disputes since the overthrow in 2014 of the government led by Viktor Yanukovych, who was elected in 2010.