12:43 Jun. 12, 2016
6,000 police officers deployed to protect the procession
UPDATE: Nearly a dozen unidentified individuals beat up two participants of the Equality March that took place in the city centre earlier on June 12. One of the victims suffered moderate injuries and was sent to hospital. Journalists said, the March participants reported on several similar cases which occurred in various districts in Kyiv.
UPDATE: Nearly 1,500 people attended the Equality March in support of LGBTI rights which took place in Ukraine's capital, June 12. The March participants were guarded by almost 7,000 police officers. The procession was completed without serious incidents, 50 aggressive individuals were detained, police said.
STORY: Kyiv is holding the LGBTI Equality March - a peaceful procession in support of personal and public safety, human rights and non-discrimination.
The March participants chant slogans from time to time, carry banners and play musical instruments. Also, they hold posters reading 'love is a human right', and 'LGBT rights are human rights'.
Nearly 6,000 police officers have been deployed to ensure safety for the procession, according to Ukrainian National Police chief Khatia Dekanoidze.
The procession is accompanied by those opposing the March and supporting the idea of traditional marriages.
The march is attended by Swedish Ambassador to Ukraine Andreas von Beckerath and MEPs, including Co-chair of the green faction in the European Parliament Rebecca Harms, as well as Ukraine's MP, Presidential Bloc, Sergei Leshchenko.
Other Ukrainian citizens also take to the street to support the Equality March.
The capital's law enforcement officers already detained the first provocateurs who protested against the Equality March in Kyiv before it officially started.
In November 2015, Ukrainian lawmakers passed an amendment to the labour code to ban discrimination based on race, disability, and a host of other characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
In June 2015, the LGBT Pride march in Kyiv ended in clashes between the police and anti-gay activists who attempted to attack the rally participators.
Two visions of Ukrainian identity on display at Kiev Pride today pic.twitter.com/cresBGAnPb— Noah Sneider (@NoahSneider) June 12, 2016