Vitalina Koval defends LGBTI rights in Ukraine.
She works hard to support local LGBTI people and women in her home city, Uzhgorod. She was violently attacked after organizing a peaceful protest on International Women's Day in 2018. She received chemical burns to her eyes after six members of a hate group shouted verbal abuse and threw red paint on her and other protestors. Her attackers were released within hours and continued to threaten Vitalina and others.
The assault against Vitalina is just part of a wider surge in intimidation by far-right groups in Ukraine towards people who speak out against hate.
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