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Hungarians join separate protests in support of Russia, Ukraine

Russian, Ukrainian supporters hold demonstration in separate protests in Hungarian capital Budapest

Mehmet Yilmaz   | 30.04.2022
Hungarians join separate protests in support of Russia, Ukraine People gather to stage a protest in support of Ukraine as another group of people stage a protest in support of Russia in Budapest, Hungary on April 30, 2022. ( Mehmet Yilmaz - Anadolu Agency )

BUDAPEST, Hungary

Hungarians on Saturday took to the streets in support of Russia or Ukraine in separate gatherings amid the war between the two countries.

Hundreds of people, including Ukrainians and other nationalities, gathered at the capital Budapest’s Deak Ferenc Square. The protest was organized by the Ukrainian Cultural Association in Hungary.

Carrying Ukrainian flags, the protesters held banners reading “No to war”, "Stop Russia,” and “Free Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, a small number of people, gathered at the Liberty Square to support Russia, carried banners holding the US and NATO responsible for the Russia-Ukraine war.

At least 2,899 civilians have been killed and 3,235 others injured in Ukraine since the war started on Feb. 24, according to UN estimates. The true toll is feared to be much higher.

More than 5.4 million people have fled to other countries, with some 7.7 million people internally displaced, data from the UN refugee agency shows.

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