Dozens demonstrate in support of Putin outside UN headquarters in Beirut

BEIRUT — Dozens of people have demonstrated outside UN headquarters in Beirut to express support for Russia in its war against Ukraine. They contend that Moscow only moved in to protect Russian-speaking people who have been under attack for eight years.

Today’s gathering was held by nearly 150 Lebanese, Syrians and Russians.

Some Lebanese and Syrians support Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose military joined Syria’s civil war in 2015 and helped tip the balance of power in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Lebanon is divided between a Western-backed coalition and another by groups supported by Iran and Assad’s government.

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