Metro UK: By Sabrina Johnson – Protesters around the world have come out in their thousands to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

Streets in London, New York, Sydney, and Tokyo have been transformed into seas of yellow and blue as people called on governments to do more to help Ukraine in the face of Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Hundreds of people marched through heavy rain in Sydney chanting ‘Ukraine will prevail’.

While in Tokyo protesters called for Russia to be expelled from the United Nations Security Council.

Thousands of people have also taken to the streets in Europe, with rallies held in London, Nicosia, Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Madrid and Milan.’Russia go home’: Huge crowds line Downing Street to show support for Ukraine.

 A person holding signs protesting Russia's military intervention of Ukraine outside of the Russian representative office in Taipei, Taiwan, February 26, 2022.
A person holding signs protesting Russia’s military intervention of Ukraine outside of the Russian representative office in Taipei, Taiwan -Picture: Getty Images
LONDON,ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Supporters of Ukraine demonstrate outside of Downing Street, the residence of the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for a third successive day on February 26, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. Russia's attack on Ukraine this week has incited a wave of protests across Europe and beyond, and a raft of sanctions aimed at Russian politicians and institutions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Supporters of Ukraine demonstrate outside of Downing Street -Picture: Getty
A Ukrainian protester, living in Cyprus, wipes her eyes while holding a banner during a protest outside the Presidential palace in Nicosia, Cyprus, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Russian troops stormed toward Ukraine's capital Saturday, and street fighting broke out as city officials urged residents to take shelter. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Some Ukrainians broke down in tears as they came out in support of their homeland -Picture: AP
Ukrainians living in Greece hold Ukrainian flags and placards as they take part in a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Consulate in Thessaloniki, Greece February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis
Ukrainians living in Greece hold Ukrainian flags and placards as they take part in a protest against Russia’s military operation -Reuters

Across the continent, Ukrainians living abroad and their supporters draped themselves in flags and held up ‘stop the war’ placards.

People attending the marches spoke of their shock that war had returned to the continent.

‘You look at the people gathered here and everybody is scared … We had peace for 80 years and all of a sudden, war is back in Europe,’ said Stefan Pischel, among a crowd of some 2,500 in Munich’s Karlsplatz square.

In the Swiss capital of Bern, an estimated 20,000 people gathered to call on the government to take tougher action against Russia.

In Geneva, hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the United Nations headquarters, carrying signs such as ‘Make Ukraine a member of NATO now’ and ‘Say no to Putin’.

‘I’m here because I’m extremely ashamed for my country of birth,’ said Valery Bragar, a native Russian who has lived in Switzerland for 15 years and is now a Swiss citizen.

People demonstrate against the war in Ukraine at Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy, 26 February 2022.
Protestors take to the streets in Turin, Italy – Picture: EPA
Ukrainians living in Greece hold a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Embassy, on February 26, 2022 in Athens, Greece.
Ukrainians living in Greece hold a protest against Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, outside the Russian Embassy – Milos Bicanski/Getty Images
People take part in an anti-war protest, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Bern, Switzerland, February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
There were also protests in Bern, Switzerland -Picture: Reuters
LONDON,ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Supporters of Ukraine demonstrate in Whitehall outside of Downing Street the residence of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a third successive day on February 26, 2022 in Various Cities, . Russia's attack on Ukraine this week has incited a wave of protests across Europe and beyond, and a raft of sanctions aimed at Russian politicians and institutions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
One of the biggest protests was in London – Picture: Reuters
KYIV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 26: Ukrainian 61-year-old Volodymyr Babich stages one-person protest against war in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as Russian attacks in Ukraine entered its third day on February 26, 2022. (Photo by Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Ukrainian 61-year-old Volodymyr Babich bravely staged a one-person protest against war in the Ukrainian capital Kiev – Picture: Getty

Tears were shed as the crowds outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh chanted ‘please help Ukraine’ and ‘slava Ukraini’ (glory to Ukraine) on Saturday.

A megaphone was passed around demonstrators, with some sharing personal stories about relatives currently hiding in basements in Kyiv.

Others urged the Scottish Government and other European powers to do more to stop Mr Putin’s troops.

Marjan Pokhyly, originally from Kyiv and now living in Edinburgh, was one of the demonstrators.

The 28-year-old shared his concern for his grandmother, who is still in Ukraine.

‘On her house there was a mark for artillery strike,’ he said.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 26: Ukranians gather to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey. Explosions and gunfire were reported around Kyiv on the second night of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has killed scores and prompted widespread condemnation from US and European leaders. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)
Ukrainians gather to protest Russia’s invasion in Istanbul -Picture: Getty
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 26: A group of people holding signs and flags protesting Russia's military intervention of Ukraine outside of the Russian representative office in Taipei, Taiwan, February 26, 2022. (Photo by Walid Berrazeg/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A group of people holding signs and flags protesting Russia’s military intervention of Ukraine outside of the Russian representative office in Taipei, Taiwan – Picture: Getty
TOKYO, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 26: People protest against the Russia's military operation in Ukraine, on February 26, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by David MAREUIL/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
People also took to the streets in Japan – Picture: Getty

‘I don’t know if the mark has been rubbed off, but there were people dressed in regular clothes and they were walking around marking for artillery to strike.’

Also demonstrating was Vlada Kren, who is from Ukraine, but now lives in Edinburgh.

Speaking at the protest, the 40-year-old said: ‘World, please help.

‘Don’t wait for Putin to attack you, because if it’s as easy as it’s been for Ukraine, I am pretty sure he won’t stop at Ukraine, he will attack the rest of the world.

‘We need real support, not just words.’

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 26/02/2022. London, UK. Pro Ukraine protestors gather in Whitehall opposite Downing Street in Central London. A full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its third day. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP
Pro Ukraine protestors gather in Whitehall – Picture: LNP
People show posters that read ‘Stop the war, No more Hiroshima, No more Nagasaki, No nukes, No war’ in Hiroshima, western Japan – Picture: AP
epa09786380 A woman covers her face as taking part in a demonstration asking for peace, in Rome, Italy, 26 February 2022. Ukrainian and Italian nationals gathered to show support for Ukraine and to protest against the Russian invasion. Russian troops entered Ukraine on 24 February prompting the country's president to declare martial law and triggering a series of announcements by Western countries to impose severe economic sanctions on Russia. EPA/MASSIMO PERCOSSI
A woman breaks down in tears at an anti-war protest in Rome – EPA
Demonstrators gather during an anti-war protest in Munich, Germany, February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lukas Barth

Demonstrators gather during an anti-war protest in Munich, Germany – Reuters

In London, hundreds gathered calling for Putin to withdraw from Ukraine in demonstrations outside the Russian embassy in Kensington, west London, as well as Downing Street on Saturday afternoon.

Waving flags, banners and placards, protesters sang the Ukrainian anthem and chanted ‘Putin stop war’, ‘Putin go home’ and ‘free Ukraine’.

Eggs were hurled at the Russian Embassy and walls in Kensington Palace Gardens were covered in chalk-written messages, splattered eggs and fake blood.

The protests come on the heels of other demonstrations around the world in the past few days, including in Russia itself.

Thousands of anti-war protestors have defied warnings from Russian authorities to voice their anger against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine with more than 1,600 being arrested for their actions.

Top Feature Photo: Thousands of people have also taken to the streets in Europe and across the globe – AP; LNP; Reuters; EPA