Following the example of Montreal city councilor Serge Sasseville, a resident set up a loudspeaker outside the Russian consulate on Saturday, blaring the sound of exploding bombs, sirens and other noises that Ukrainians might hear as the war continues in this country.
Sasseville took time out of his lunch hour every day for weeks to stand outside the consulate and play the Ukrainian national anthem.
On Sunday, he played the anthem as well as the sound of bombs, gunshots and screams.
“I decided to add the sirens and the gunshots because I was horrified by the war crimes in Bucha, and when I heard this morning that they started bombing Odessa, one of the largest cities in the world,” Sasseville said. “This war must end.”
The mayor of Bucha said on Saturday that 300 residents had been killed by Russian troops during a month-long occupation. The victims were seen by Reuters in a mass grave and lying in the streets.
Russia has denied targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation”.
Sasseville said the Russian consulate did not ask him to stop playing the anthem, and he said he would continue his act of protest until the end of the war.
“I have nothing against the Russian people, they are not responsible for it. It is their leader who is mad and needs to be stopped,” Sasseville said.