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The executive director of Kyiv Pride has urged the international LGBT+ community to help Ukraine afterRussia declared war.
Russian president Vladimir Putin launched a military operation in Ukraine on Thursday morning (24 February), met with widespread shock and condemnation across the world.
Speaking withGlitterBeam, a global LGBT+ radio station, director ofKyiv PrideLenny Emson said the situation in Ukraine is one of panic and anxiety, urging listeners to provide internationalpoliticalsupport.
In an interview with Eugenio Ceriello from a safe location, Emson said: Thisisnotaneasysituationtobein.
Emson explained the importance of tackling Russian propaganda and fake news in keeping the people of Ukraine safe.
She told GlitterBeam: Somepeoplearepanicking,andsomepeopleareanxious.Wecannotavoiditbutitshowwemanagethispanic,howwemanagethis anxiety.Thisiswhatisimportantinmytaskasdirectorofthebiggest PrideorganisationsinUkraine.
Mytask as an LGBTQI activist is to stay with my community and to help them to stay calm, to keepgoingandtokeepfighting.
Emson added that while there has been international supportfor the LGBT+ community in Ukraine, the country is now relying on your help.
Written by: GlitterBeam
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