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A security guard moves to arrest an anti-Russian demonstrator from the group Femen outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

A security guard moves to arrest an anti-Russian demonstrator from the group Femen outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP

As tension between Ukraine and Russia went from a whisper to a roar this weekend, people gathered at rallies and protests around the globe to express support for the Ukranian people. And while some protests were simply showings of solidarity for Ukraine as it stares into a hazy future, many of the protesters focused their ire onto one man: Russian President Vladimir Putin. From former Soviet countries to longtime foes of the Kremlin, here’s a look at the countries where solidarity protests erupted this weekend — and how they vilified Putin:


The United States

Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in New York. Western powers are prepared "to go to the hilt" to isolate Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine, "an incredible act of aggression" that may lead to visa bans, asset freezes, trade and investment penalties, and a boycott of a Russian-hosted economic summit of global powers in June, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.

Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in New York. Western powers are prepared “to go to the hilt” to isolate Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine, “an incredible act of aggression” that may lead to visa bans, asset freezes, trade and investment penalties, and a boycott of a Russian-hosted economic summit of global powers in June, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.

CREDIT: AP Photo/John Minchillo

Maksim Piazza, right, Sofijka Piazza, center, and her friend Jillian, left, who are all of Ukrainian descent, join a protest rally in front of the Russian embassy, in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Igniting a tense standoff, Russian forces surrounded a Ukrainian army base Sunday just as the country began mobilizing in response to the surprise Russian takeover of Crimea. Outrage over Russia's tactics mounted in world capitals, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling on President Vladimir Putin to pull back from "an incredible act of aggression."

Maksim Piazza, right, Sofijka Piazza, center, and her friend Jillian, left, who are all of Ukrainian descent, join a protest rally in front of the Russian embassy, in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Igniting a tense standoff, Russian forces surrounded a Ukrainian army base Sunday just as the country began mobilizing in response to the surprise Russian takeover of Crimea. Outrage over Russia’s tactics mounted in world capitals, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calling on President Vladimir Putin to pull back from “an incredible act of aggression.”

CREDIT: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Demonstrators gather outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

Demonstrators gather outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, March 1, 2014. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Belgium

Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators hold signs during a protest outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators hold signs during a protest outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators hold signs during a protest outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators hold signs during a protest outside of an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, March 3, 2014. EU foreign ministers meet in emergency session on Monday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Poland

A woman holds an Ukrainian flag with red paint to represent blood,  in front of the Ukrainian embassy  in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people.

A woman holds an Ukrainian flag with red paint to represent blood, in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Fierce clashes between police and protesters, some including gunfire, shattered a brief truce in Ukraine’s besieged capital Thursday, killing numerous people.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Alik Keplicz

Turkey

A Turkish man of Crimean Tatar origin holds a placard that reads "Yesterday Stalin, today Putin" as several thousand protest against Russia's military intervention in Crimea, Ukraine, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military Sunday in the conflict between the two countries, warning that "we are on the brink of disaster." The comments from Arseniy Yatsenyuk came as a convoy of Russian troops rolled toward Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's Crimea region, a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot.

A Turkish man of Crimean Tatar origin holds a placard that reads “Yesterday Stalin, today Putin” as several thousand protest against Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, Ukraine, in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Ukraine’s new prime minister urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull back his military Sunday in the conflict between the two countries, warning that “we are on the brink of disaster.” The comments from Arseniy Yatsenyuk came as a convoy of Russian troops rolled toward Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

Britain

Ukrainian demonstrators take part in a protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, Sunday, March, 2, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is traveling to Kiev because he wants to meet personally with Ukraine's new leaders to discuss ways to defuse the crisis. Hague said Ukrainian officials have told him via telephone that they will not respond to Russian provocations and he advised them to "continue with that course." Hague says Britain will pull out of planned preparatory talks for the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia in protest.

Ukrainian demonstrators take part in a protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, Sunday, March, 2, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is traveling to Kiev because he wants to meet personally with Ukraine’s new leaders to discuss ways to defuse the crisis. Hague said Ukrainian officials have told him via telephone that they will not respond to Russian provocations and he advised them to “continue with that course.” Hague says Britain will pull out of planned preparatory talks for the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia in protest.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Demonstrators take part in a Ukrainian organized protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, Sunday, March, 2, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is traveling to Kiev because he wants to meet personally with Ukraine's new leaders to discuss ways to defuse the crisis. Hague said Ukrainian officials have told him via telephone that they will not respond to Russian provocations and he advised them to "continue with that course." Hague says Britain will pull out of planned preparatory talks for the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia in protest.

Demonstrators take part in a Ukrainian organized protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, Sunday, March, 2, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague says he is traveling to Kiev because he wants to meet personally with Ukraine’s new leaders to discuss ways to defuse the crisis. Hague said Ukrainian officials have told him via telephone that they will not respond to Russian provocations and he advised them to “continue with that course.” Hague says Britain will pull out of planned preparatory talks for the upcoming G-8 summit in Russia in protest.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

Lithuania

Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine Monday, March 3, 2014.  The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia's military advances on Ukraine.

Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine Monday, March 3, 2014. The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine Sunday, March 2, 2014. A convoy of Russian troops rolled toward Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's Crimea region, a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot. The parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

Demonstrators gather outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine Sunday, March 2, 2014. A convoy of Russian troops rolled toward Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, a day after Russian forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot. The parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

Greece

Ukrainian people who live in Greece hold banners which read "No War " in English , Greek and Ukrainian on the right, and on the left "Putin-Hitler" during a protest outside the Russian embassy in Athens, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The protesters chanted slogans against President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, for the situation Ukraine.

Ukrainian people who live in Greece hold banners which read “No War ” in English , Greek and Ukrainian on the right, and on the left “Putin-Hitler” during a protest outside the Russian embassy in Athens, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The protesters chanted slogans against President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, for the situation Ukraine.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris

Germany

A man holds a poster with half portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, right,  and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, left,  and the slogan 'Putin Hands Off Ukraine!' during a protest  against Russian military actions in Ukraine in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Monday, March 3, 2014.

A man holds a poster with half portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, left, and the slogan ‘Putin Hands Off Ukraine!’ during a protest against Russian military actions in Ukraine in front of the Russian embassy in Berlin, Monday, March 3, 2014.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Czech Republic

Protesters hold placards with cartoons of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration against a threat of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, in front of the Russian embassy in Prague, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Protesters hold placards with cartoons of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration against a threat of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, in front of the Russian embassy in Prague, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

CREDIT: AP Photo,CTK/Matej Riha

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