Over 4,500 citizens gathered on Lenin Square in the center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on Wednesday to support the people of Ukraine, the Kamchatkan territorial government press service said.

"The citizens were carrying signs, which read "Russia Doesn't Leave Its Own Behind", "Crimea, Kamchatka is with You" and "Crimean Future Lies with Russia," it said.

The rally organized by the regional branch of the all-Russia organization Sodruzhestvo was joined by WWII veterans, officials from the territorial authorities and the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky administration, members of political parties, national communities, trade unions and labor collectives, Cossacks, deputies and students.

"I go to Ukraine and say that I go home. I go from Ukraine to Russia, and this is also my home. Our common home is in trouble now. And every one of us must defend it," the press service quoted head of the Ukrainian national and cultural community of Kamchatka Viktor Manzhos as saying at the rally.

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