Gallery: Thousands gather at Tallinn protest in solidarity with Ukraine

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The protest for Ukraine drew thousands of people to Freedom Square on February 26, 2022.
The protest for Ukraine drew thousands of people to Freedom Square on February 26, 2022. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

Tens of thousands of people gathered in central Tallinn on Saturday afternoon to express solidarity with Ukraine and call for Russia to halt its invasion.

The event took place at Freedom Square but spilled over into nearby streets and onto the hill behind the victory monument.

At its peak, the Police and Border Guard Board estimated 30,000 people were in attendance. This makes it the biggest demonstration in Estonia since the end of the Soviet Union.

The protest started with the Ukrainian and Estonian national anthems and President Alar Karis gave a speech.

Estonian-Ukrainian organizations and Estonian civil society associations organized the protest.

The head of the Estonian Congress of Ukrainians Vira Konyk, musician Ruslan Trochynskyi, head of the Estonian Student Union Marcus Ehasoo, the head of the Estonian Youth Association Triin Roos and others also spoke.

Ukrainian ambassador to Estonia Mariana Betsa wrote in social media that she was "deeply moved" but the "thousands and thousands of people in Tallinn" who supported Ukraine.

Similar protests were held in Tartu and Narva earlier in the day.

At approximately 5 a.m. on Thursday, Russia launched an attack on Ukraine having massed tens of thousands of troops on the country's north, east and southern borders over the last several months.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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