As the war in Ukraine enters a new phase, Ukrainians in London enter their 10th week stood on Whitehall, day and night.
The area opposite Downing Street has become a focal point of protest action in London with people turning up at any time to pay tributes to the pictures of the ‘Heavenly Hundred’ which run the length of the wall, or to come and talk politics. For most, it’s an opportunity to share their grief and to vent their frustration at the lack of real action from western Governments.
Stepan Shakhano, spokesperson for Euromaidan London says: “We’re determined to stand here for our family and friends, for those dying on the streets of Ukraine. David Cameron can’t ignore us if we’re here night and day. The UK Government must fulfill its obligations to Ukraine and stop the Russian advance. We demand much tougher, Iran-style sanctions on Russia and guarantees of support to protect the integrity of Ukraine’s borders”
The protest has seen many high-profile visitors from boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko, presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko and UK MPs including John Whittingdale.
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- Ukrainians have held a 24hour vigil outside Downing Street since the Russian invasion of Crimea on Saturday 1 March.
- The Ukrainian community formed a group called London EuroMaidan who have been one of the most vocal and visible diaspora communities throughout the events, holding continuous protests since November.
- The ‘Heavenly Hundred’ refers to those killed in the first wave of violence in Kyiv.
- Worldwide #boycottrussian campaign was launched to support Ukraine by isolating Russia economically
- #SaveUkraine Cartoon Contest is on until 11th May when all entries will be exhibited at the ongoing 24 hour protest at Downing Street. Full details: https://www.facebook.
- Euromaidan London website: www.saveukraine.co.uk
- Twitter @londonmaidan