At 11 o’clock on Thursday, a demonstration will be held in front of the Russian embassy in Oslo to mark opposition to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The demonstration is organized by the organization SmåRådina: for democracy in Russia.
“We want to say no to the war in Ukraine, no to acts of war, and no to the bombing of Ukrainian cities,” leader Maria Stensrud told NTB.
According to Stensrud, Russians, Ukrainians, and Norwegians will show up at the protest to mark their opposition. She says the protest may last all day.
“We have been in contact with the police to say that we will demonstrate. We have not had any contact with the embassy,” Stensrud added.
Demonstration in Bergen
Volodymyr Novosad, the leader of the Ukrainian Association in Bergen and Hordaland, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that they are planning a demonstration in the center of Bergen at 3 PM on Thursday.
On Saturday this week, several support markings for Ukraine are also planned in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø, and Trondheim.
Show of support
The organizations behind the support actions include the Ukrainian Association for Eastern Norway, the Ukrainian Association in Norway, the Norwegian Democracy Association, SmåRådina, and the Norwegian Peace Council.
“The support actions are arranged to show that Norway supports Ukraine against unfounded and one-sided Russian aggression. We want to show that the population in Ukraine is not alone and has the support of the Norwegian people,” Misha Tryndiuk from the Ukrainian Association in Norway told NTB.
Russian attack on Ukraine
In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.
Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.
Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights. CNN journalists report explosions in Kyiv and at least six other Ukrainian cities.
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