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housands of anti-war protesters gathered in central London to hear Jeremy Corbyn alongside other speakers sounding the alarm over the “unmistakeable nuclear threat” of the conflict in Ukraine.

Some members of the crowd – which included Russian, Polish and Lithuanian expats – wept as they voiced fears for those affected by the Russian invasion and its potential escalation.

Demonstrators waved Ukrainian flags and banners reading “Putin = Hitler” and “Putin in the bin” as they marched from outside the BBC’s Broadcasting House to Trafalgar Square on Sunday.

The former Labour leader was among speakers on the podium to call for an end to military action, branding Russia’s partial ceasefire purporting to allow for humanitarian corridors out of Ukraine as “cynical”.

“If you can have a ceasefire for humanitarian corridors for people to be evacuated from certain cities in Ukraine, obviously it’s better if people are evacuated than killed, but it’s so cynical. If you can agree a ceasefire to take civilians out, then agree a ceasefire to stop the war,” he said.

“Unless this war is stopped very quickly it will degenerate into a global conflict between nuclear armed power blocs in which there will be no, no, no winners, only millions and millions of losers.”

The MP, who is now an independent, also said reports of discrimination against people from African and Indian backgrounds on Ukraine’s borders had “utterly shocked” him.

“I cannot be the only person in this square who was utterly shocked when I heard that African students were pushed off trains to make way for somebody else. That Indian students were denied access at the border into Poland and other places.”

He took aim at the UK Government’s “appalling” borders bill as he called for refugees from Ukraine and elsewhere to be welcomed into the UK on a larger scale.

“The Government needs to abandon its appalling Borders and Nationality Bill which would criminalise people for helping refugees… We support refugees, whoever they are, wherever they are, wherever they’ve come from,” he said.

People take part in a demonstration in Parliament Square (Ian West/PA) / PA Wire

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