Western expats took to the centre of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday in an effort to urge their own governments to support Ukraine as tensions with Russia continue to grow.
About 150 protesters, including nationals from the U.S., Canada and western European countries, carried their countries’ flags to the Maidan Square, the site of the 2013-14 demonstrations that saw dozens of demonstrators killed in the final moments of former president Viktor Yanukovich’s rule.
Bjoern Stendal, a grain merchant from Germany, expressed his disappointment over German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ruling out supplying Kyiv with arms after the latter sent a list with specific requests. The list included missile defence systems, tools for electronic warfare, night vision goggles and radar stations.
“Ukraine can’t use slingshots against tanks. We, Ukraine, won’t attack Russia, we want to defend our country,” Stendal said.
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