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The Interpreter
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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Day 1217: June 18, 2017

Publication: Ukraine Liveblogs
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Gay Parade in Kiev with 5:1 Police-Marcher Ratio; 6 Nationalists Detained; 5 Ukrainian Soldiers WIA
A gay pride parade proceeded today in Kiev with five times 
more police than participants, Currenttime.TV reported.

Before the march, police confiscated zelyonka, indelible green antiseptic and red paint that some ultra-right activists planned to splash on marchers, along with a knife and can of mace from one activist. 

Artyom Skoropadsky, spokesman for the ultranationalist group Right Sector, had earlier called on followers to come and disrupt the Kiev Pride march, Gordonua.com reported.

About 200 ultra-right activists tried to block the parade and ripped the rainbow flags from some participants but police intervened. There was one attempt to burn an LGBT flag. Two policeman suffered light injuries.  Generally, the march was able to proceed.

Three hours after the march, however, assailants attacked some gay activists, spraying mace into their faces and beating some. Six people in all were detained.

20 Injured in Attack Against Street Name Change Protesters 

Last Friday, June 16, a demonstration by a group calling for the preservation of the name of "Gen. Vatutina Avenue" was attacked and about 20 people were seriously injured, InfoResist.org reported.

A neo-Nazi group called C14 bragged of its "trophies" on a Facebook page.

Kiev authorities have now postponed renaming the street to Roman Shukhevich due to the filing of a lawsuit against it.

The renaming was to take place in the context of the de-communization campaign; Vatutin was a Soviet-era military figure and Shukhevich was a commander of the UPA (Ukrainian  Insurgent Army), which both fought against and collaborated with Nazi forces.

66 Attacks by Russia-Backed Forces on the Front Line 

On the front line, Russia-backed forces made 66 attacks on Ukrainian positions; 5 Ukrainian soldiers were wounded June 17, Gordonua.com reported, citing the Anti-Terrorist Operation [ATO] 

On the Maritime line, 120-mm mortars were fired on Grranitnoye, Chemarlyk and Shirokino, a tank was fired on Shirokino and 122-mm Howitzers were fired on Novoselovka Vtoraya, likely from separatist positions in Grigoryevka. Grenade-launchers and small arms wer also used. Berdyanskoye, near Mariupol was attacked with mortars and homes were heavily damaged on Morskaya Street; a home caught fire and several other buildings were damaged. There were no civilian casualties.

On the Donetsk like, 152-mm artilery was used on Ukrainian positions in Avdeyevka and Kalinovo; separatists fired from a tank and used various mortar-launchers and infantry weapons. Thee were also attacks on Novgorodskoye Verkhmyetoretskoye, Zaytsevo, Kamenka, Novoselovka and Novoluganskoye using armed BTRs and BMPs, heavy machine guns, anti-tank missile systems, grenade-launchers and small arms.

On the Lugansk line, Krymskoye and Katerinovka were shelled with 120-mm mortars and heavy machine guns were fired as well. Troitskoye, Treyokizbenka and Stary Aydar were also attacked as were Stanitsa Luganskaya, Novoaleksandrovka and Donets.


Other News

o The EU has extended sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea for another year, RFE/RL reports:

The measures, which were prolonged on June 19, include an EU-wide ban on imports from Crimea unless they have Ukrainian certificates, a prohibition of the purchase by EU companies of property and companies on the Black Sea peninsula, and a ban on cruise ships flying the flag of an EU member state or controlled by a member state to call at ports there.

Goods and technology for the transport, telecommunications, and energy sectors also cannot be exported to Crimean companies or for use in Crimea under the ban


o The Donetsk Filtration Station has been shelled 11 times so far this year OSCE SMM reported.

The station just resumed working again after shelling earlier this month.

o About 18,000 Ukrainians have made use of the new visa-free regimen to travel to Europe, and 22 Ukrainians have been denied passage, Gordonua.com reported.

They crossed mainly into Poland and Hungry.

o A driver in a Land Cruiser ran into a group of people leaving a service at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Lviv, Gordonua.com reported. A woman pedestrian, age 55 was killed.

The site Varta 1 reported that the driver was not intoxicated, but was said to have mixed up the break and gas pedals.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick 


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