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3,500 people march in Brussels in support of Ukraine

08:01 27/02/2024

About 3,500 people marched in Brussels in support of Ukraine over the weekend, according to police figures, marking the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country on 24 February 2022.

Demonstrators carried the Ukrainian flag and signs with slogans including: ‘Free the Ukrainian hostages’ and ‘If Ukraine wins, democracy wins’.

“Two years of massive invasion in Ukraine, two years of total war in Europe – such an anniversary was unthinkable in the 21st century,” said the association Promote Ukraine, which organised the rally.

“And yet, as time goes by, the conflict disappears from the attention of politicians, the media and the general public. Two years of death, loss and resilience demand our attention and our collective action.”

Organisers pointed to “the confusion sewn by Russia within the media, businesses, social networks, political cabinets, the economic and energy sector and culture”, saying that the Russian invasion threatens “European values such as freedom, democracy and respect for the law”.

The march was intended as a powerful statement made in the heart of Europe, to remind EU leaders and citizens that the fate of Ukraine is “directly linked to the wider European struggle for democracy and human rights”.

“Our march is taking place on the eve of the forthcoming European elections – their outcome will be decisive for the future of Europe and its ability to resist Russia,” Promote Ukraine said.

The demonstrators gathered at the intersection of Boulevard du Roi Albert II and the inner ring road, near Place Rogier. The march then moved down Boulevard Pachéco to Brussels-Central railway station.

Photo: Nicolas Materlinck/Belga

Written by Helen Lyons