Ukrainian neo-Nazis have destroyed an LGBTI group’s office, nearly killing a man in order to do it.
Queer Home Kryvbas, the only LGBTI group that welcomes the community in the western city of Kryvyi Rih, was the victim of an attack at around 8.30pm on 30 August.
Six masked men holding fire sticks and iron poles are believed to have thrown smoke bombs into the community center, trapping the seven victims inside.
Struggling to breathe, they tried to leave. When one activist tried to stop the six men, he was hit over the head and beaten mercilessly.
He is currently being treated for a severe concussion in hospital.
When police arrived, the attackers had already escaped.
This attack comes after one day after neo-Nazis broke into a Kryvyi Rih café at 2am where a small party for LGBTI activists was being held.
Witnesses say around 20 men in masks and wearing far right wing clothing broke in and beat up the people inside.
When police arrived, any attacker that was caught was quickly released.
It is unknown whether the two incidents were related.
A Gay Alliance Ukraine spokesperson said ‘one of the main functions of the state is to protect its citizens’.
‘Gay Alliance Ukraine appeals to the law enforcement authorities with the demand not only to punish the guilty in these two incidents, but to also do everything in their power to protect the lives, health and basic rights of the citizens of Ukraine’.