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Thousands gather in Moscow to demonstrate against 'fascist coup' in Ukraine

  • Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement hold a banner reading "A year of Maidan,  let us not forget! do not forgive!" as they wave various patriotic flags in the central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement hold a banner reading "A year of Maidan, let us not forget! do not forgive!" as they wave various patriotic flags in the central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement gather together waving various patriotic flags in central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement gather together waving various patriotic flags in central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement gather together waving various patriotic flags in central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Activists from Russia’s Anti-Maidan movement gather together waving various patriotic flags in central Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, to mark an anniversary of Ukraine's pro-EU protests that started on Kiev's central Independence Square, widely known as the Maidan. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of protesters have gathered in downtown Moscow to demonstrate against what they describe as a "fascist coup" one year ago in neighboring Ukraine.

The demonstrators gathered near Red Square on Saturday to protest events in Ukraine, where a pro-European protest movement last year led to the ouster of the country's Russia-leaning president on Feb. 21.

The protesters included ultranationalist bikers, pensioners, war veterans, student organizations and other pro-government groups. Many waved Russian flags, others bore banners that said: "Die, America!"

Police said that 35,000 people attended, though those numbers were impossible to verify independently.

Anti-Western sentiment in Russia, in part spurred by state television coverage of the Ukraine crisis, has spiraled to new heights.