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Scoop of the weekend: Kyiv hosts Equality March

Scoop of the weekend: Kyiv hosts Equality March

Pride Parade

Kyiv hosted the 10th Equality March in support of LGBT+ rights on 19 September.

According to the Interior Ministry, there were no violations of public order.

According to various estimates, from 3,000 to 7,000 people took part in the event.

A group of over 50 opponents of the march, mostly represented by the Traditions and Order conservative group and the far-right Right Sector, gathered in Kyiv's Shevchenko park.

Donbas

Russia-backed militants have violated the ceasefire in Donbas four times since midnight on 19 September, the Joint Forces Operation HQ has said. They fired with heavy-machine guns and small arms near Mayorsk, mounted anti-tank grenade launchers near Luhanske, anti-tank grenade launchers and 82-mm mortars near Novozvanivka.

The Joint Forces returned fire.

Six ceasefire violations were registered on 18 September.

Russian elections

After the State Duma elections in Russia, the Kremlin is likely to radicalize its policy regarding Ukraine, a representative of the Ukrainian delegation to the trilateral contact group on Donbas, Serhiy Harmash, has told Radio Liberty.

He added that the Kremlin would use residents in separatist-controlled parts of Donbas for its purposes. "They will vote or one would make it look the way Putin puts, for sure. There has been campaigning exclusively for United Russia. By the way, this canvassing is an election campaign being held in Ukrainian territory," he added.

Drills

The large-scale Ukrainian-US military exercise Rapid Trident 2021 will begin at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Lviv Region on 20 September, the Ukrainian Ground Troops Command has said.

Around 6,000 servicemen from 15 partner states will take part in the exercise.

Coronavirus

A survey by the Rating pollster has found that coronavirus vaccination skepticism is the highest in Sumy (34%), Odesa (28%), Chernivtsi (28%), Severodonetsk (28%), Uzhhorod (26%) and Kherson (26%).

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