Furious Ukrainians brand Putin a ‘d***head’ at demonstration against Russian aggression
They shrugged off the threat of World War Three and an “imminent invasion” to aim abuse at the president.
Hundreds of people marched through the city of Odessa chanting “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Ukraine above all!”
But when demonstration leaders shouted “Putin!” the crowd bellowed back “Khuylo!” – a humiliating insult which means “d**khead”.
They also answered with cries of “Putin go to hell!”
The demonstration marked the 8th anniversary of a massacre at Maidan Square – when 107 pro-democracy activists were gunned down at protests in Kyiv.
Sophia Valikaya, 14, who attended yesterday’s march with her mum and gran, said: “We are people of the world. We just want Ukraine to be free.”
At least 500 people took part in the demonstration including navy and police cadets.
Many were wrapped in Ukrainian flagsor wore blue and yellow ribbons in their hair.
One boy held a placard thanking Britain and other nations for sending Ukraine weapons.
The UK shipped out 2000 shoulder launched missiles last month.
The placard also thanked Poland, America, Estonia and Canada which have all shipped arms to Kyiv to help Ukraine defend itself.
But Germany has come under fire for block exports of artillery guns which are made with German parts and sending Kyiv helmets instead.
One marcher wore a Nato flag in support of Ukraine’s long term aim of joining the 30-member alliance.
Up to 190,000 Russian troops and shady paramilitaries have surrounded Ukraine’s borders, including some 30,000 in Belarus to the north.
Troops continue to mass near the border and Australia’s PM said yesterday that war was now inevitable.