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Arrests at anti-war protests in Russia

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(BBC) – At least 735 people have been arrested at anti-war protests across Russia today following the invasion of Ukraine, an independent monitor says.

Demonstrators were detained in 40 cities, according to OVD-Info, which tracks arrests at opposition rallies.

More than 330 people have been detained in Moscow, it says.

Images have emerged of Russian police detaining protesters at an anti-war protest taking place in central Moscow’s Pushkinskaya Square.

An image taken by an AFP photographer at the scene shows officers detaining a man holding a placard which reads: “No to war with Ukraine! Putin to resign”.

Police officers detain a woman during a protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Moscow

Other images show officers blocking-off the square. A Guardian reporter at the scene said on Twitter that there is a “very heavy police presence” in the area.

In the US, a pro-Ukraine rally is expected to take place outside the White House in Washington DC at 16:30 local time (21:30 GMT).

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