Thousands of Vladivostok residents rally in support of the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine (PHOTO)

Thousands rally in support of the brotherly people of Ukraine in Vladivostok. People took to the streets with the slogans “Maidan will not work”, “Ukraine, we are with you”, “No passaran!”, “Sevastopol will not surrender”.

Vladivostok residents express solidarity with the Russian-speaking population of the Crimea, the Donetsk Basin and other regions of Ukraine. As rally activists point out, the Far East is closely linked with Ukraine, to the point that local population centres have similar names. Mass migration of Ukrainians to the Far East began back in the 19th century, when the government opened the lands for development. Now many residents of Vladivostok and Primorsky Krai have relatives and friends in Ukraine.

“Sevastopol is the glory of the Russian Navy. It was a big mistake to separate it then, but will be even bigger mistake to lose it now,” said one of the protesters.

“Vladivostok approves policies of the Russian government and the country's President, who support the Russian-speaking population of Crimea. All of Vladivostok is with Crimea, for Crimea,” say the rally members.

Rallies in support of the brotherly people of Ukraine are running for several days in most regions of Russia.

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