In pictures: World protests against Russian invasion as Zelenskyy addresses Europe

Protests have been held around the world as they urge countries to increase sanctions against Russia and Putin, Political Correspondent David Wood reports

Protesters have gathered across the world to show their opposition to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Hundreds of protesters filled Trafalgar Square in London on the 10th day of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Demonstrators unfurled a giant banner on the steps of the National Gallery on Saturday reading: “When the last Ukrainian soldier falls, Putin will come for you ladies & gents.”

One poster read: “When the last Ukrainian soldier falls, Putin will come for you ladies & gents.” Credit: AP

Many protesters were draped in Ukrainian flags as they chanted "Stop Putin, stop the War".

The protest began with the singing of Ukraine’s national anthem and prayer. Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the papal nuncio to Great Britain, led the prayer, saying: “Today we are all Ukrainians."

Protesters filled Trafalgar Square Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

Michael Green, 53, from London, said he was at the protest to stand up against Russia’s “totally egregious breach of international law”.

The economist said his Ukrainian wife’s family were fleeing the country, “but sadly many friends are left behind”.

Protesters in London called for peace in Ukraine Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed protestors across Europe on Friday via video link from Kyiv.

“Don’t turn a blind eye on this,” he said. “Come out and support Ukraine as much as you can,” he said though a translator.

“If we fall, you will fall,” he said.

Protestors gather at Remember square in Frankfurt, Germany Credit: AP/Michael Probst

“And if we win, and I’m sure we’ll win, this will be the victory of the whole democratic world, this will be the victory of our freedom, this will be the victory of light over darkness, of freedom over slavery," he said.

“All of you are Ukrainians today, thank you for this.”

People gathered in Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio in Italy Credit: AP/Andrew Medichini

Russia's invasion of Ukrainian continues, with heavy fighting and arial bombardment affecting several major cities in the country.

One man holds a flag reading 'No to the War' in Orkoien, northern Spain Credit: AP/Alvaro Barrientos

Multiple countries from Europe and across the world have introduced fresh economic and cultural sanctions on Russia.

Russia has said it's invasion is to stop Ukraine joining NATO. Here, protestors gather outside the NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium Credit: AP/Olivier Matthys

Many people, including Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, have called for NATO to enact a no-fly zone over Ukraine - although the alliance has ruled this out.

Some people protested outside the White House in Washington DC Credit: AP/Susan Walsh

In Portugal, one protestor held a sign saying "close the sky over Ukraine."

Protests occurred in Portugal too, here demonstrators gather in Lisbon Credit: AP/Armando Franca

Protests have not been limited to NATO member states. Japan has also placed economic sanctions on Russia, and protestors have denounced its military operation.

Japanese protestors demonstrate in support of Ukraine's army in Tokyo Credit: AP/Chisato Tanaka

In Eastern Europe there have been calls for sanctions to be increased on Russia, as countries on NATO's Eastern flank voice concerns about the countries aggression in Ukraine.

People protest in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. One million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began Credit: AP/Mindaugas Kulbis

Whilst Finland, which is not a member of NATO, has seen renewed public discussion on if the country should join the alliance.

Demonstrators in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, on Saturday Credit: AP/Lehtikuva Stig

Protests have also occurred in Russia, where thousands of demonstrators have been arrested as President Vladimir Putin cracks down on dissent.

Russian police detain a protestor in St Petersburg on Friday Credit: AP

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