Protests outside Russian embassies in Germany, Latvia and the United States
Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 01:56
March 2 - In Kiev, Germany, Latvia and the United States, protesters condemn Russia's move to send troops to Ukraine, but a pro-Putin march in Moscow supports the decision. Gavino Garay reports.
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Russia's decision to send troops to the Ukrainian region of Crimea is drawing condemnation from protesters around the world.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN PROTESTER WALTER SCHMIDT, SAYING:
"One can simply not accept that a despot like Putin is actually eating up Crimea, or even more just as if it was a bloody steak that he is consuming. One has to say 'stop, you won't get any further'. I am sorry."
(SOUNDBITE) (Latvian) PROTESTER, ARNOLDS BUKBARTS, SAYING:
"Everything happens now the same way it was done by Hitler and Stalin in 1939. It is all the same."
To the United States.
(SOUNDBITE) PROTESTER SAYING:
"Any nationality that surrounds Russia should be concerned about this development, because it shows that Russia is very assertive. It becomes more and more confident that the West will let it go with its aggressive plans, with its assertiveness."
Protesters are gathering outside Russian embassies in opposition of Russian boots on Ukrainian soil.
And of course Ukraine itself - thousands turned out on the streets of Kiev to protest, including former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) FORMER GEORGIAN PRESIDENT, MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, SAYING:
"This military operation not only puts Crimea and the east in danger, but also Kiev. But this enemy does not know how heroic and strong you are, he does not know what patriots of your land you are. Putin's dreams will collapse against the city walls of your hero-city: Kiev."
Meanwhile, in Moscow, thousands take to the streets in a pro-Putin march.
They're backing Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan to send troops to Ukraine.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRO-PUTIN SUPPORTER, YELENA, SAYING:
"We came here to support our president, our government and our brotherly Ukrainian people. We want them to decide their own fate by themselves, but decide calmly, not amid a civil war, but in a calm and peaceful way, according to their constitution."
Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea... an autonomous region with a majority of ethnic Russian population.
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