Russian soldiers captured after being found hiding in basement by Ukraine LGBT+ activists

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03/01/2022

Members of an LGBT+ organisation in Ukraine captured a group of Russian soldiers they found hiding in their offices. Viktor Pylypenko told Israeli newspaper The Israel Hayom that he and his group had the soldiers in their office basement in the city of Kharkiv. Pylypenko is an LGBT+ activist and veteran who, after fighting in the Maidan Revolution, formed an organisation to support queer veterans in Ukraine and fight for LGBT+ rights. Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, he has rejoined the army to fight for his country’s freedom. After finding the soldiers, Pylypenko said, he and his fellow activists beat them and took them captive. He added: “This is our war, the Ukrainians, but we have also been fighting as LGBTQ people… We are confronting a tyrannical, homophobic enemy.” Pylypenko and his colleagues are not alone – across Ukraine, LGBT+ people have been preparing for combat. 

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