Ukraine Day 1217: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battle today. Six nationalists were arrested at the heavily-guarded gay parade in Kiev today for attempting to disrupt it.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
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
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
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 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