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MOSCOW, March 06, 0:48 /ITAR-TASS/. About 40,000 people will take part in actions in support of Ukraine and Russian compatriots living in that country that will be held in a number of Russian cities on Thursday.
The biggest rallies involving from 10,000 to 15,000 participants are planned to be held in Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg. Organizers of such rallies in Saratov and Pyatigorsk expect to gather together up to 5,000 participants. It is also planned to organize such a rally in Salekhard.
Rallies in support of Ukraine and Russian compatriots living there have been held throughout Russia since Sunday. The first such rallies were orgalized by patriotic youth and veteran organizations in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnodar. On March 3-4, such actions were held in other big cities in Russia, including in regions that have a border with Ukraine - Belgorod, Bryansk, Novocherkassk, Rostov-on-Don, and others.