Ukraine crisis: More than 3,000 people detained for anti-war protests in Russia


Moscow (Russia): Amid Russia’s ongoing military operations in Ukraine, more than 3,000 people in Russia have been detained for participating in anti-war protests, according to protest monitoring group OVD-Info.

“In the last three days, at least 3,052 people were arrested,” OVD-Info tweeted. 

It further informed that 467 people were arrested in 34 cities on Saturday alone.

Meanwhile, Russian Ministry of Defence has informed that its troops have been ordered to resume their offensive “in all directions” after a suspension was ordered for negotiations with the Ukrainian government.

“(On Friday), after the Kyiv regime declared its readiness for negotiations, active hostilities in the main directions of the operation were suspended,” Ministry of Defence spokesperson Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday, CNN reported. 

“After the Ukrainian side abandoned the negotiation process, today all units were ordered to continue their offensive in all directions in accordance with the operation plan,” it added.

On the other hand, a Ukrainian presidential adviser denied in the early hours Saturday that Ukraine had refused to negotiate, the CNN report added.

Konashenkov’s remarks came after Western officials said the Russian invasion was not progressing as fast as Moscow would have expected. 

Russian military continued to advance in the capital city of Ukraine, according to media reports. Explosions in parts of Kyiv were heard on Friday as Russian forces approached the city, media reports said on Saturday.

Videos from eyewitnesses show explosions taking place in the Ukrainian capital city as some media reports said Ukraine and Russia are discussing a place and time for talks.

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first published:Feb. 27, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

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