BEIRUT — Dozens of Ukrainian citizens in Lebanon gathered Thursday morning outside the Russian Embassy in Beirut to protest Moscow's invasion of their country.
Here’s what we know:
• The Ukrainian national anthem played through loudspeakers as the demonstrators, some of whom were joined by their Lebanese spouses, carried signs denouncing the invasion and chanted “Russia go home.”
• Protesters told L’Orient Today that personnel at the military checkpoint near the entrance on the Cola side of the embassy had asked them to leave, so they moved to an alternative entrance on the Corniche al-Mazraa side of the building, where the protest grew in size as the morning progressed.
• Meanwhile, uniformed security personnel posted on the roof of the embassy observed the protesters gathered in the street below.
• After weeks of mounting tension, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a “military operation” in Ukraine on Thursday. Reports of the invasion of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory and Russian missile strikes ensued.