A picket against Russian military aggression in Ukraine took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ekho Kavkaza reported.
About 50 people took part in the picket on Nevsky Prospect.
Olga Smirnova, a member of the Solidarity democratic organization and the organizer of the pickets, believes that the seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels and the capture of sailors signifies Russia's new armed attempt to increase the zone of occupation of the Ukrainian territories.
The picket participants demanded the release and return of seafarers and ships to Ukraine, to end the naval blockade of Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov and punish those responsible for the seizure of Ukrainian ships.
The participants of the protest rally believe that the Ukrainian seamen should be given the status of prisoners of war, but they are illegally convicted as civilians who have committed a criminal offense.
It is noted that activists expressed indignation at the actions of the Russian military, who opened fire on foreign ships that did not pose a threat to the Russian Federation.
During the picketing, the activist was attacked by an aggressive woman who tore a poster.
The pickets lasted for about three hours.
Earlier we reported that President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko considered it necessary to increase the naval presence of Germany and the allies in the Black Sea. “We need an increased naval presence of Germany and allies in the Black Sea as a deterrent for Russia,” Poroshenko said.
In addition, he stressed that Russia's aggressive actions are unacceptable and the international community should increase pressure on Russia.
“We need a strong, unified, unequivocal response to Russia's aggressive behavior. We must stop Nord Stream 2. We must now think about the new sanctions,” Petro Poroshenko noted.