Eggs have been thrown at the Russian embassy in London during pro-Ukrainian protests outside the building.

Hundreds gathered calling for Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw from Ukraine in demonstrations outside the embassy in Kensington, west London, as well as Downing Street on Saturday (February 26) afternoon.

Waving flags, banners and placards, protesters sang the Ukrainian anthem and chanted “Putin stop war”, “Putin go home” and “free Ukraine”.

The embassy’s walls in Kensington Palace Gardens were covered in chalk-written messages, drawings of Ukrainian flags, splattered eggs and fake blood.

This Is Local London: Some protestors held up pictures of Putin comparing him to Hitler (PA)Some protestors held up pictures of Putin comparing him to Hitler (PA)

Some in the crowd, which blocked a path outside the embassy, held posters comparing Mr Putin to Hitler.

What did the protestors have to say?

Helena Kovalenko, 33, originally from northern Ukraine, told the PA news agency: “I’m so angry with Putin for invading my Ukraine.

“I have family there, my mum and dad, and I’m so scared for them.”

Ms Kovalenko, who has lived in the UK for nine years, added: “I’m here today to call for this country to help – Putin has to go.”

Another protester originally from Ukraine, named Andriy, 27, said he had joined the protest to call for other countries to “do more”.

This Is Local London: Protestors outside the Russian embassy (PA)Protestors outside the Russian embassy (PA)

He said: “The world can’t watch as my people suffer – Putin is a barbarian, he’s an animal.

“If sanctions don’t stop him, the UK, the US and Europe must be prepared to do everything.”