Russians have gathered in a central square in Moscow for what they call an "anti-Maidan" rally, vowing to prevent a pro-Western uprising like the one that took place in Ukraine's capital a year ago.

Thousands of pro-Kremlin demonstrators turned out for Saturday's rally, voicing support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticizing Ukraine's pro-Western government. Many carried Russian flags or wore ribbons symbolizing their support for Russia.

Relations between Ukraine and Russia have been strained since last year, when Russia annexed parts of eastern Ukraine and began supporting a pro-Russian insurgency inside Ukrainian borders.

Russian Loyalists Hold 'Anti-Maidan' March in Moscow