Protestors denounce Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain.

Protestors denounce Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain. Zowy Voeten/Getty Images

Russia's War in Ukraine Draws Protests Around the Globe

Putin's fulminations and false flags couldn't stop masses of people from urging their governments to take a tough stance.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin spent weeks making his case for attacking Ukraine, culminating in a Sunday speech that was "awash," as the New York Times put it, "with hard-line Russian nationalism, angry paranoia toward the West, baseless claims of Ukrainian aggression, a sense of lost imperial pride on the verge of reclamation and, most of all, invocations of history, much of it distorted or fabricated." Though his arguments—and the various attempts to fabricate incidents to serve as casus belli—may have been aimed primarily at his own populace, they failed to completely suppress even Russians angered by the unprovoked invasion.

On the first day of Putin's assault on Russia's southwestern neighbor, thousands of Russians shook off state propaganda and ignored the threat of arrest to demonstrate against the war. By day's end, ABC News reported, more than 1,200 had been detained in more than 50 cities and towns across the country.

Around the world, hundreds of thousands more asked their own governments to stand firm against Moscow. Here are some images from the day's demonstrations.

Police block Red Square ahead of a planned unsanctioned protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine in central Moscow on Feb. 24. | Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

Moscow police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest on Feb. 24. | Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images

Georgians rally in in Tbilisi to support Ukraine on Feb. 24. | Daro Sulakauri/Getty Images

A woman holds up her hands, covered in red paint to resemble blood, at a "Stand With Ukraine" rally outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City. | Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

People gather to support Ukraine at a demonstration in Ukraine in Paris. | Esra TaÅkın/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Pedestrians walk past the Colosseum in Rome, illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. | Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images