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Savchenko comments on March of Equality in Kiev

Savchenko comments on March of Equality in KievThe March for Human Rights initiated by LGBT activists took place in Kiev on Sunday. MP Nadija Savchenko expressed her opinion about the event in an interview with Radio ‘Svoboda’.

According to her, the radical actions which are aimed at such events and are evident in previous Marches and are now irrelevant.

"I have served 10 years in the army and I am aware of men’s opinion on such topics. I do not agree with it. Perhaps this is because of my female nature, or just common sense. I believe that it is not appropriate to ask such questions sharply and point-blank ... But I think now is not the time to quarrel. I think we have something more important to fight for. You know, Every man to his own taste, " said Savchenko on the feasibility of blocking Pride Festivals by Right Sector, the OUN and others.

She explained that the people have the right to defend their principles, but in such a delicate matter the best option would be to disperse in different streets.

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"Maybe for someone it is a principle view, I can understand, but in this case I would ask to just go separate ways that day " - she advised.

The March of Equality of human rights was held in Kiev on June 12. It was initiated by the LGBT community. Right Sector and OUN had stated that in spite of all they would not try to interfere and prevent this event.

Nearly 1,500 people attended the event. The March participants were guarded by almost 7,000 police officers.

The procession was completed without serious incidents, the national police chief said after the event, adding that 57 people were detained and later released.

"A few steps forward (literally!) for #Kyivpride. A big leap forward for equality in Ukraine," Britain's openly lesbian Ambassador to Ukraine, Judith Gough, said on Twitter.

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Parliament passed legislation last year to ban discrimination against gay people in the workplace as part of a series of laws Ukraine needed to pass to qualify for an EU visa-free travel agreement.

That the march took place in the center of Kiev with such heavy police support was a sign of the changes in Ukrainian society since Maidan, said lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko at the march.

"EuroMaidan was not only against (former President Viktor) Yanukovich, it was against corruption and for human rights as well," he said.
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