> Marchers shouting pro-equality slogans. Ukrainian authorities have increased support for gay rights since the pro-Western government came to power after the 2014 Maidan protests.
But many still feel safer covering their faces. Last year's Pride descended into violent clashes. And right wing radicals warned Sunday's march would be a blood bath. But police were quick to deal with any disruptions. 5 and a half thousand officers marshalled the 1500 marchers. Ukraine has banned discrimination of gay people in the workplace.
The measure passed the series of laws it had to pass to qualify for for visa free EU travel. But Kiev still has some way to go to rival the acceptance of the west. Prime minister Vladimir Groisman says the Ukraine will never support gay marriage.