Demonstrators gathered on Melville Street in the capital on Friday afternoon after another night of horrific events when Russian troops reached Ukraine’s capital Kiev at 10 a.m. local time.
The latest protest was organized by the Edinburgh Ukrainian Club and started at 12:30 pm when people filled the street in the hundreds, chanting “Glory to Ukraine” (glory to Ukraine), carrying Ukrainian flags and anti-Putin posters.
A piper played the Ukrainian national anthem, and several Ukrainians addressed the crowd through a megaphone, calling for more Western help to resist the invasion.
One of the speakers was Darina Tryndyuk, who is from Kiev and now lives in Durham. She traveled to Edinburgh to protest.
The 21-year-old man said: “Now it’s terrible. Today I received the news that Kiev has entered the defensive phase.
“My friends and family spent the whole night in bomb shelters and the subway.”
Mr Tryndyuk added: “My friends are absolutely united and ready to fight for Ukraine and their city.
“People are ready, they won’t give up.”
Irina Zamuruyeva, 29, is from central Ukraine and now lives in Edinburgh.
She said the West should provide Ukraine with more weapons, close Russia off the Swift financial payment system, and introduce a no-fly zone.
“I am very worried about the future,” she said.
“I don’t know when I will be able to see my parents again. Kiev, the capital, is under attack.
“I really admire the people who stay out there and fight back.”
Linda Ellison, chairman of the Edinburgh chapter of the UK Ukrainian Association, said: “Most of us cried yesterday.
“But now what is happening is that we are angry, we are angry at the inaction of the West.
“The Swift banking system can still be taken away from Russia. We are outraged that they do not support Ukraine enough.”
People in Ukraine feel “abandoned” by calling for a visa-free regime for Ukrainian refugees, she said.
She said: “Ukrainians are very proud people, they want their independence. It was proven by everything they did.
“Through the Maidan (revolution), peaceful demonstrations, before that the Orange Revolution.”
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Today’s protest follows a protest on a much smaller scale. will take place at the same location on Thursday. About 40 people gathered with placards and flags to express their support for the Ukrainian people and demand that Russian President Vladimir Putin withdraw his troops from the country.
One Ukrainian student, Ruslana, said her family and people in Ukraine were not surprised by the invasion, but urged the rest of the world not to leave them behind.
Asked what she would say to Putin and the Russian government, the 22-year-old replied: “You will lose. Someone very, very hated, like you lost in 1945 and will lose again.
“We know that the Ukrainians are very strong and we have the support of the whole world.”