Activists gather in Ukraine to protest Russia’s Syria strategy

Kiev, Dec 15 (IANS) Activists gathered at the Russian embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Thursday to protest Moscow’s international policy in Syria, media reports said.

Holding placards and Ukrainian flags, demonstrators positioned themselves in front of the embassy building and held up signs criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin’s involvement in the fighting in Aleppo, Efe news agency reported.

“Putin and Assad (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) are killers of children,” one banner read; “Putin get out of Syria and Ukraine,” read another.

A white sheet, splattered with fake blood and littered with children’s dolls, was placed on the snow-covered ground in front of the protestors alongside a placard further denouncing Moscow’s Syria policies.

Russia has been one of the key players in the battle of Aleppo and has used its military might to turn events in Assad’s favour.

A final evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians in the remaining opposition district in Aleppo was announced Thursday.

Further, Kiev considers Russia to be complicit in the Ukrainian civil war that has engulfed the country’s separatist east since 2014.