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NOVOSIBIRSK, March 07. /ITAR-TASS/. A rally in Novosibirsk on Friday supported Crimea's initiative to join Russia.
Up to 5,000 people gathered for the mass meeting held on the initiative of the Officers of Russia public organization to express solidarity with Ukraine's people. The rally took place on the square before the Opera and Ballet Theatre.
“We condemn terrorist acts and the coup committed against Ukraine's legitimate authorities. We address all residents and public, veteran, youth and patriotic organizations to set up a fund to support brotherly Ukraine people. We support Crimea's joining to Russia,” an activist of the Officers of Russia organization read the resolution of the meeting.
Earlier, the secretary of the regional organization of the United Russia party, Alexander Morozov, called on all deputies to hold meetings without flags of parties, but only under flags of Russia. The proposal was heeded only state flags and flags of Novosibirsk and public organizations were seen at the rally.
People of various ages, pensioners and schoolchildren, came for the meeting under slogans “We do not Abandon Ours”, “For Kievan Rus”, “Today Crimea, Tomorrow Russia”, “Berkut, We are with You”. Many had on their chests three-color (Russian flag) badges and St. George (orange and black) ribbons (a symbol of the common victory in World War II).
Meetings in support of Ukraine and compatriots leaving there are held this Friday in many Russian cities, including Stavropol and Smolensk.
Mass rallies to support Crimea, compatriots living in Ukraine and all Ukrainian people are held all over Russia. On Sunday, many thousands gathered in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnodar for marches on the initiative of patriotic youth and veteran organizations. Car and motorcycle rallies took place in Moscow. Mass demonstrations under slogans “For Brotherly People” and “We do not Abandon Ours” took place in large Russian cities, including neighboring on Ukraine Belgorod, Bryansk, Novocherkassk, Rostov-on-Don and many others.