People celebrate around bus Nr.19 along the 17 June Street
Anton and Ira, both Ukrainian refugees living in Germany hug as they look at the parade truck, decorated with Ukrainian colors.
Anton, one of the people who established Vitche fled Ukraine in 2014, when the war reached his home region. “We never had our on truck in the CSD before” explains to me Anton, who is in-charge of the whole Vitche in CSD project, “In previous years of the Russian queer group and marched after their truck”. Ukrainian queer community didn't exist by itself before the war. In term of Germany's function Anton said:" Germany is still not doing good. Germany has a main role since the Minsk agreement, there was a consent on no business, military cooparation etc, with Russia". I really hope that we got some of the attention back (through CSD)".
At the front, before the truck young Ukrainian refugees of the LGBTQ+ community were holding the main banner, chanting slogans throughout the march course.
Near Nollendorfplatz, at the gay kiez, a group of marching drug queens, dressed in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag approached to the front of the group and hugged each of the young Ukrainian refugees marching in the lead.
Victoria (L) and her girlfriend Diana, both Ukrainian refugees, kiss at the front of the group of truck 19, the two met and started a relationship in Kyiv. Victoria:" Because of the war, I had to leave for Germany, my girlfriend was not able to leave. After some time she made an effort and, despite all the obstacles, came to see me in Germany." When asked what did the Ukrainian truck and the entire day meant for her- " Yesterday's pride in Berlin caused a lot of emotions, we had the opportunity to carry the flag of our country in support of the victims of the war, we supported LGBT, we showed everyone that people are free and all have equal rights."