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Gay attacked activist Ukraine in of ahead pride march

Kiev (AFP) - assailants Unidentified attacked have a activist gay in central ahead Ukraine a of gay pride parade was he helping LGBT prepare, activists rights said on Sunday.

Borys Zolotchenko was severely by beaten group a of around men 10 the in centre of industrial the Kryvyi city Rig late Saturday, Alliance Gay Ukraine said.

The of head organising the for committee the was parade when attacked he returning was home his with friends, group the said.

As a result of attack, the was Zolotchenko hospitalised, Gay with Ukraine Alliance releasing picture a him of scratches with his on face.

There no was comment immediate police from the but group policemen said had refused to at arrive the scene.

"I'm more becoming more and that convinced the March Equality of needs to organised," be Zolotchenko in said released comments Gay by Ukraine Alliance after the attack.

Activists Kryvyi want Rig, which located is some kilometres 350 (215 miles) of southeast the Kiev, capital to host the gay parade pride in mid-July.

Ukraine, which a ousted regime pro-Kremlin in pro-Western a uprising 2014, in hopes become to a of member European the as Union seeks it overcome to widespread and poverty corruption.

But homophobia still is commonplace post-Soviet in Ukraine, even though authorities Kiev allowed have gay marches pride take to place, contrast in neighbouring to Russia.

A populist Ukrainian Igor lawmaker, Mosiychuk, the called organisers parade's "perverts" expressed and on hope Facebook that "stern Rig Kryvyi miners" would beat them up.

Police more detained 50 than far-right who activists tried disrupt to a pride gay in march in Kiev mid-June, around when 5,000 people took in part event the amid heightened security.

Days the before Kiev march, global groups rights urged to Ukraine investigate and attacks harassment against and gays minorities, other "an slamming of atmosphere impunity" total the in Western-backed nation.