Thousands of protesters in Moscow against conflict in Ukraine

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Thousands of Russians are protesting in the center of Moscow, against the alleged involvement of Russia in the conflict in Ukraine.

The protesters, including leading opposition activists, carried the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine and chanted the slogans “No to war in Ukraine” and “Stop (Russian President) Putin’s lies.”

It is the first major anti-war protest in Russia since the conflict began in April between the kyiv government and pro-Russian separatists, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

So far, the clashes have left more than 3,000 dead, especially in the eastern regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.