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-- Ukrainian police say seven people have been arrested in western Ukraine in connection with a deadly overnight attack on a Roma camp in a forest on the outskirts of Lviv.

-- The health of jailed Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike for almost 40 days in a Russian penal colony, is "very weak" and deteriorating, his lawyer says.

-- The government of Ukraine has added 30 legal entities and 14 individuals to its blacklist of those sanctioned over Russia's annexation of Crimea and Moscow's backing of a separatist campaign in eastern Ukraine.

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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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