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Ukrainian Protesters Represent Killed Civilians in Front of European Council Headquarters

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Ukrainian protesters lay facing the ground on Wednesday morning in front of the European Council headquarters in Brussels, to demand that the European Union ban oil and gas imports from Russia.

“I am Bucha” read one poster among the demonstrators, who lay on the ground to represent the killed civilians of Bucha, the town in the suburb of Kyiv, where dead civilians and mass graves were found as Russian forces left the area. Similar to the findings in Bucha, the protesters in Brussels had their hands tied behind their backs.

“We need stronger sanctions against Russia,” stressed Anna Melenchuk, protest organiser from Promote Ukraine, the association behind the demonstration.

“We are grateful for the fifth package of sanctions,” she added, referring to Ursula von der Leyen’s announcement of additional measures against Russia on Tuesday. “But they won’t stop Russia. The only measure that will stop the Russian war machine is an oil and gas embargo.”

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