Updated: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:33:20 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea action: AFP estimate

Around 50,000 people rallied Saturday in central Moscow in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula is expected to vote on switching to Kremlin rule, an AFP team estimated.


50,000 rally in Moscow against Crimea action: AFP estimate

Protesters carry Ukrainian and Russian flags in Moscow, on March 15, 2014, during a rally against Russia's recent intervention in Crimea - by Dmitry Serebryakov

Many of the protesters adopted the chants and slogans of Ukraine's popular uprising that ousted pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych last month. Holding Ukrainian and Russian flags, they also shouted: "The occupation of Crimea is Russia’s disgrace" and "Hands off Ukraine."

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