Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ukrainian veterans reject award after church annuls gay soldier’s medal

An Orthodox church in Kyiv annulled a medal it awarded to Viktor Pylypenko, a Ukrainian combat medic who served in the battle to fight off Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion, after the church discovered he was gay.

That decision hasn’t gone down well with other Ukrainian soldiers and military volunteers, who have now started publicly disavowing that same honor they had previously been awarded by the church.