Ukrainian gay rights activist tells Israel Hayom that members of the community who found the soldiers beat them and took them captive. “We are fighting a tyrannical, homophobic enemy.”
A group of Russian soldiers gone AWOL picked an unfortunate place to hide, reports out of Ukraine said Sunday afternoon.
According to the reports, the soldiers hid in a basement in Kharkiv used by members of the city’s LGBTQ community, only to be found by members of the community – who reportedly beat them and took them captive.
The Ukrainian LGBTQ community objects to the Russian government’s persecution of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Russian citizens.
Viktor Pilipanko, a Ukrainian LGBTQ rights activist who alerted Israel Hayom to the story, said, “This is our war, the Ukrainians, but we have also been fighting as LGBTQ people, and I’m sure that the comrades in Kharkiv understood that.
“We are confronting a tyrannical, homophobic enemy,” Pilipanko said.