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A portrait of slain separatist leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko hangs outside the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre on September 2.

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-- EDITOR'S NOTE: We have started a new Ukraine Live Blog as of September 3, 2018. You can find it here.

-- Tens of thousands of people gathered on September 2 in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine to mourn a top rebel leader who was recently killed in a bomb attack.

-- Prominent Ukrainian historian Mykola Shityuk has been found dead in his home city of Mykolaiv, police said on September 2.​

-- Ukraine says it has imprisoned the man it accused of being recruited by Russia’s secret services to organize a murder plot against self-exiled Russian reporter and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko.

-- Ukraine and Russia are trading blame for the killing of a top separatist leader in eastern Ukraine.

-- Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the head of the head of the breakaway separatist entity known as the Donetsk People’s Republic, was killed in an explosion at a cafe in Donetsk on August 31.

-- The United States is ready to widen arms supplies to Ukraine to help build up the country's naval and air defense forces in the face of continuing Russian support for eastern separatists, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine told The Guardian.

-- The spiritual head of the worldwide Orthodox Church in Istanbul has hosted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill for talks on Ukraine's bid to split from the Russian church, a move strongly opposed by Moscow.

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Here's an item from RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service:

Women Demand Equal Rights In Kyiv March

Marchers held posters protesting domestic violence, sexual violence, sexism and discrimination by gender.
Marchers held posters protesting domestic violence, sexual violence, sexism and discrimination by gender.

KYIV -- Several hundred women marched in Kyiv on March 8, demanding equal rights in a demonstration on International Women's Day.

The women marched in the center of the capital, chanting "Women's rights are human rights!" and "Liberty, Equality, Women’s' Solidarity!"

Marchers held posters protesting domestic violence, sexual violence, sexism and discrimination by gender.

The organizers of the march wrote on Facebook that the event's goal is to demand from the government "equal rights and opportunities" for women, "proper attitude" to them and "ratification of the Istanbul Convention."

The Istanbul Convention is the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence that was signed in 2011.

International Women's Day is a state holiday in Ukraine and some other former Soviet republics, including Russia.

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