2022 protests in Russian-occupied Ukraine

protests in Ukraine opposing the Russian invasion

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2022 protests in Russian-occupied Ukraine
Part of the protests against the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Мітинг проти російської окупації у Славутичі.jpg
Protests during the Battle of Slavutych, 26 March
Date28 February 2022 (2022-02-28) – present (3 months)
Towns and cities of Ukraine under Russian occupation
Caused by
  • Withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
  • End of Russian occupation of towns and cities
  • Demonstrations
  • Civil resistance
Parties to the civil conflict

Ukrainian resistance:

  •  Ukraine
    • Anti-occupation protesters

Occupying forces:

Pro-Russian forces:

Casualties and losses
At least 1 dead, 13 injured

During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting Russian occupation of towns and cities in Ukraine, a number of incidences of non-violent resistance by the civilian population against the occupation took place. Local residents organised protests against the Russian invasion and blocked the movement of Russian military equipment, in response to which the Russian military opened warning fire and, according to local residents, killed and wounded several protesters, in what may be considered a war crime.


Anti-occupation protests in Berdiansk, 28 February

On 25 February, the city of Konotop was surrounded by Russian troops. On 2 March, at a gathering of city residents, the city's mayor Artyom Semenikhin said that the Russian military was threatening to shell the city in case of disobedience, and offered to resist. His proposal was met with a standing ovation by gathered crowds.[5]

On 1 March in Melitopol, local residents organized a protest rally during which they marched along the avenue from Victory Square to the SBU building, occupied by the Russian military. According to the local online publication Our City, "unable to withstand the pressure [outside the building], Russian soldiers opened fire, first in the air, and then on the townspeople" and "one person received a gunshot wound to the knee".[6][7] According to the BBC News Ukrainian Service, local residents organized a peaceful protest of many thousands under Ukrainian flags, and also accused Russian soldiers of shelling and looting shops.[8] As of 10 March, processions through the city centre of Melitopol are being repeated on a daily basis.[9][10]

On 2 March, near the village of Vodyanoye in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, local residents blocked the road for Russian troops. Negotiations were held between the mayor of Vodyanoye and the mayor of the neighbouring village of Kamenka with a representative of the Russian side, who proposed that if the military convoy was allowed to pass through the settlement to its destination then no one would be hurt; residents refused this suggestion. According to the mayor of nearby Enerhodar, at around 15:30 local time, Russian troops opened fire on the protesters, injuring two of them.[11]

On 4 March, after the occupation of Novopskov in the Luhansk Oblast by Russian troops, local residents went to a protest under Ukrainian flags. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, citing local residents, one person was injured as a result of shooting at protesters in Novopskov.[12] On 5 March, the local population again protested against the Russian occupation and warning fire was again opened on them; according to the head of the Luhansk Regional State Administration, Serhiy Haidai, three local residents were injured on this occasion.[13][14]

On 5 March, residents of Kherson went to a rally with Ukrainian flags and chanted that the city is still Ukrainian and will never be Russian, despite Russian occupation. The Russian military opened warning fire against the protesters. At the same time, the National Police of Ukraine published a video where a Kherson police officer, holding a Ukrainian flag in his hands, jumped onto a Russian armored personnel carrier that was driving past the rally, and local residents supported his action with shouts and applause.[15]

On 7 March, the Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine, on the basis of Part 2 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of war, associated with premeditated murder), opened a criminal case into the death of several protesters in Nova Kakhovka. According to the investigation, during a rally on 6 March, the Russian military opened fire on protesters indiscriminately "despite the fact that people were unarmed and did not pose any threat," resulting in at least one death and seven injuries.[16]

On 20 March, protesters in Kherson confronted several Russian military vehicles and tell them to "go home".[17]

There were protests in Slavutych on 26 March, as the Battle of Slavutych escalated with Russia attempting to occupy the city. Reports emerged that Russian troops had abducted the mayor of Slavutych, Yuri Fomichev; he was ultimately released in time to address a protest rally against the Russian invasion which took place later that day in the city square.[18] More than 5,000 residents of the city took part in the peaceful protest,[19] until it was disrupted by Russian troops firing warning shots and launching stun grenades into the crowd, injuring at least one civilian.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "Мариуполь не потерян, в Херсон стягивается Росгвардия для подавления протестов — главное из вечерней сводки ВСУ".
  2. ^ "Россия отправила в Украину ОМОН для разгона мирных протестов".
  3. ^ ""Нас очень много". На Украине заявило о себе антифашистское подполье".
  4. ^ "Терпели 8 лет: в Украине набирает силу партизанское движение".
  5. ^ Давыдова, Гера (3 March 2022). "«Кто за? Воюем!». Жители захваченных украинских городов протестуют против российских военных" ["Who agrees? Let's fight!" Residents of captured Ukrainian cities protest against the Russian military]. Медиазоне (in Russian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  6. ^ Фесенко, Михаил (1 March 2022). "Мелитопольцы перекрыли дорогу для российской военной техники" [Melitopol residents blocked the road for Russian military equipment]. Наш Город (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  7. ^ Фесенко, Михаил (2 March 2022). "На мирном митинге российские военные ранили мелитопольца" [At a peaceful rally, the Russian military wounded a citizen of Melitopol]. Наш Город (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  8. ^ ""Орки, йдіть геть": Мелітополь вийшов на протест" ["Orcs, go away": Melitopol went on protest]. BBC News Україна (in Ukrainian). BBC. 2 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  9. ^ Время, Настоящее (4 March 2022). "Мэр захваченного Мелитополя: "Ситуация на грани гуманитарной катастрофы, если не будут остановлены бои и не откроются гуманитарные коридоры"" [Mayor of captured Melitopol: "The situation is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe if the fighting is not stopped and humanitarian corridors are not opened"]. Настоящее Время (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  10. ^ "В захваченных городах Запорожской области проходят акции протеста против присутствия российских войск" [Protests against the presence of Russian troops are held in the captured cities of the Zaporozhye region]. Крым.Реалии (in Russian). 10 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  11. ^ "У Запорізькій області окупанти закидали гранатами жителів, які перекрили дорогу (ВІДЕО)" [In the Zaporozhye region occupiers threw grenades at residents who blocked the road (VIDEO)]. Depo.ua (in Ukrainian). 2 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Новопсков на Луганщине: россияне открыли огонь по безоружным людям" [Novopskov in Luhansk region: Russians opened fire on unarmed people]. Украинская правда (in Ukrainian). 5 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  14. ^ "У Новопскові троє людей постраждали під час спроби зупинити росіян, які відкрили вогонь - Гайдай" [In Novopskov, three people were injured while trying to stop the Russians who opened fire - Gaidai]. Interfax Україна (in Ukrainian). 5 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  15. ^ МАРТЫНКО, КРИСТИНА (5 March 2022). "Жители Херсона протестуют под обстрелами российских оккупантов: Мы не боимся! Херсон - это Украина!" [Residents of Kherson protest under fire from Russian invaders: We are not afraid! Kherson is Ukraine!]. КП в Украине (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  16. ^ Бойко, Иван (7 March 2022). "Во время митинга в Новой Каховке оккупанты убили одного человека, а семь - ранили" [During a rally in Nova Kakhovka, the invaders killed one person and wounded seven]. UNIAN.NET (in Russian). Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Ukraine war: Kherson residents tell Russian forces to 'go home' as they confront military vehicles". Sky News. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  18. ^ БАЛАЧУК, ІРИНА (26 March 2022). "У Славутичі є поранені, але мера окупанти відпустили". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  19. ^ РОЩІНА, ОЛЕНА (27 March 2022). "Мер окупованого Славутича: Компромісів не було, росіяни поставили одну умову". Українська правда (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  20. ^ Орлова, Віолетта (26 March 2022). "Танки РФ ввійшли у Славутич: містяни зібралися на проукраїнські протести". unian.ua (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 29 March 2022.
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