Ukraine Day 1185: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded today and a gay demonstration in Kharkiv was attacked.
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Photo: Police in Kharkiv struggle with attackers of a gay demonstration.
Russia-backed militants shelled both Avdeyevka and Krasnogorovka, striking a school in the latter, Gordonua.com reported, citing the Ukrainian side in the Joint Center for Coordination and Control. No children were in the building at the time.
On the Lugansk line, Krymskoye was hit with 82-mm and 120-mm mortars and grenade-launchers.
o Former SBU Discovered Near Sheremet’s Home Following An Unrelated Person
The former SBU agent discovered to have been surveilling the home of slain journalist Pavel Sheremet was in fact following another person, Gordonua.com reports. Ihor Ustymenko was following someone unrelated to Sheremet, Viktoria Syumar, an MP from the Popular Front announced today, according to a report from Interfax-Ukraine.
She said in three weeks, police will brief the parliament on progress in the murder investigation.
o Gay Demonstration Attacked in Kharkiv
LGBT activists in Kharkiv were attacked, Gordonua.com reported.
Thirty young people in masks attacked gays who had previously announced a demonstration at the wedding office; they threw eggs and indelible green disinfectant at them. Two policemen were hurt, and four assailants were detained.
o Former Presidents Approve of Russian Social Media Ban
Former Ukrainian presidents Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko support President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to block Russian social media and other companies, saying it is a forced measure, Gordonua.com reported.
o Ukrainian Prisoner Ends Hunger Strike
Ukrainian Artur Panov, imprisoned in Russia and charged with “sabotage” has ended his hunger strike, Gordonua.com reported.
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick