Politics From Saint Petersburg to Sydney, People Around the World Are Protesting Russia's Invasion of Ukraine [PHOTOS] After Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in earnest on Feb. 24, people around the world continue to take to the streets to protest and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions By Andrea Wurzburger Updated on February 28, 2022 04:20 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 31 Saint Petersburg, Russia Sergei Mihailicenko/Anadolu Agency via Getty Russia's attack on Ukraine continues after the country invaded on Feb. 24, with forces moving from the north, south and east. Details of the attack and the fighting change by the day, but this is the first major land conflict in Europe in decades — and hundreds have already been reported dead or wounded. Thousands more people have fled or tried to escape Ukraine amid warnings of a possible "refugee crisis." Reuters February 2022 reports that "5,500 people have been detained at various anti-war protests since the invasion began on Thursday." Hours after the first missiles struck in Ukraine, the Investigative Committee of Russia, a government authority, released a statement warning citizens not to participate in "mass riots and rallies associated with the tense foreign policy situation" as it's "criminal" and will result in "serious legal consequences." 02 of 31 Saint Petersburg, Russia A protest in Saint Petersburg against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. SERGEI MIKHAILICHENKO/AFP via Getty A local Russian news outlet shared videos as hundreds gathered with signs and chanted, "No to war!" Police used megaphones in an attempt to disperse crowds as local authorities were seen detaining protesters. Pictured: Police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest in Saint Petersburg on Feb. 24. 03 of 31 Paris Esra TaÅkÄ±n/Anadolu Agency via Getty Protests spread around the world as the death toll continued to rise after the first full day of Russia's incursion into Ukraine. Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said early Friday local time that 137 people had been killed and 316 were wounded, according to reports. Pictured: Protesters gather in Paris on Feb. 24. 04 of 31 New York City Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty President Putin's aggression toward Ukraine was widely condemned by the international community, including with economic sanctions and NATO troops massing in the region. Putin insisted Ukraine has historic ties to Russia and he was acting in the interest of so-called "peacekeeping." On Feb. 24, protesters gathered in New York City to show support for Ukraine admit Russia's invasion. 05 of 31 Washington, D.C. Ukrainians gather in front of the White House to stage a protest against Russia's attack on Ukraine . Yasin ÃztÃ¼rk/Anadolu Agency via Getty In Washington D.C., people gathered outside of the White House with signs reading "Help Ukraine Now," "Stop Putin" and more. American President Joe Biden said as the invasion began, "The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces." 06 of 31 Sydney SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty People took to the streets in Sydney on Feb. 24. 07 of 31 Santiago, Chile Lucas Aguayo/Anadolu Agency via Getty In Santiago, Chile, protestors marched through the streets with signs reading "Stop Putin's Aggression" and "Stop Putin, Stop War." 08 of 31 Mexico City Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency via Getty In Mexico City, a woman prayed among police officers as they guarded the Russian Embassy in Mexico's capital. 09 of 31 Istanbul, Turkey Mehmet Eser/Anadolu Agency via Getty In Istanbul, Turkey, people crowded the streets to show support for the people of Ukraine. One protester's sign read "Putin, Hands Off Ukraine!" 10 of 31 Bari, Italy Davide Pischettola/NurPhoto via Getty In Bari, Italy, people gathered in Piazza Libertà on Feb. 25 to protest the economic consequences that the war in Ukraine is already producing. According to the organizers' estimates, about 2,500 farmers, fishermen and ranchers participated. 11 of 31 Madrid, Spain Isabel Infantes/Europa Press via Getty Several people with Ukrainian flags took part in a rally in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain, on Feb. 25. 12 of 31 Brussels, Belgium KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Protesters gathered in front of the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Feb. 25 as NATO leaders held an extraordinary virtual summit to discuss the security situation in and around Ukraine. 13 of 31 Adana, Turkey Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency via Getty In Adana, Turkey, Ukrainians living in the city held banners as well as Ukrainian and Turkish flags during a protest on Feb. 25. 14 of 31 Taipei, Taiwan Lam Yik Fei/Getty Protesters gathered in front of the Representative Office of the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission in Taipei, Taiwan, on Feb. 25. 15 of 31 Berlin Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty On Feb. 25, demonstrators in Berlin protested against the war and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Federal Chancellery. 16 of 31 Antwerp, Belgium JONAS ROOSENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty People protested in front of the Russian consulate-general in Antwerp, Belgium, on Feb. 25. 17 of 31 Pristina, Kosovo Ferdi Limani/Getty A group of human right activists demonstrated near the Russian liaison office on Feb. 25 in Pristina, Kosovo. 18 of 31 Krakow, Poland Filip Radwanski/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty A Ukrainian protester spoke out using a megaphone as people gathered in front of the U.S consulate during a protest in Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 24. 19 of 31 Colombo, Sri Lanka ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Outside the Russian Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, people gathered to protest the Russian military actions in Ukraine. 20 of 31 Colombo, Sri Lanka ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty The demonstrators were still gathered outside of the Russian embassy in Colombo on Feb. 27. 21 of 31 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ezz Alzanoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty A large crowd of people took part in a protest in Amsterdam on Feb. 27, holding signs and flags, and showing their solidarity with the people of Ukraine. 22 of 31 Tokyo, Japan Damon Coulter/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Protestors marched in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 27. 23 of 31 Bangkok, Thailand Guillaume Payen/Anadolu Agency via Getty "Russian Army Go Home," one poster read as people gathered outside the Russian embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, on Feb. 28. 24 of 31 Reno, Nevada Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty On Feb. 27, protestors assembled in Reno, Nevada. 25 of 31 Seoul, South Korea Getty Outside of the Russian embassy in Seoul, South Korea, protestors gathered with signs and Ukrainian flags on Feb. 28. 26 of 31 Dhaka, Bangladesh Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto via Getty In Dhaka, Bangladesh, citizens marched in solidarity with Ukraine, holding a banner that read, "No war, peace" on Feb. 28. 27 of 31 Thessaloniki, Greece Grigoris Siamidis/NurPhoto via Getty Protestors gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Feb. 28. 28 of 31 Cologne, Germany Oliver Berg/picture alliance via Getty In North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne, a couple protested with signs reading "No War." 29 of 31 Istanbul, Turkey Hakan Akgun/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty People gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, on Feb. 28, holding Ukrainian flags and signs urging "Stay with Ukraine" and "No War." 30 of 31 Málaga, Spain JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty On Feb. 28, protestors gathered in La Marina Square in Málaga, Spain. 31 of 31 Dublin, Ireland Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty In Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 28, protestors stood outside of the Russian embassy in solidarity with Ukraine. 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