Ukraine

Jewish community was key to successful Ukraine poll

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2014

EXCLUSIVE

Jewish leaders in Kiev have welcomed the election of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president amid hopes that the establishment of a new government will bring stability back to the country. Jews in the east of the country were less hopeful, however.

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Who shot the macho mayor?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2014

Mystery still surrounds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night, Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa’s Elisha hospital.

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Jewish mayor of Kharkiv stable after surgery in Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 29, 2014

Mystery still shrouds the identity of the attackers who shot and severely wounded the Jewish mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city, Kharkiv.

On Monday night Gennadiy Kernes was flown to Israel, where his condition was stabilised after surgery in Haifa's Elisha hospital.

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The geeky boy from Stanmore who is the UK's favourite vet

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

Marc Abraham can claim to be the country's highest-profile vet since James Herriot.
He is seen regularly dispensing animal advice on ITV's Daybreak and This Morning programmes, and BBC Breakfast, by millions of television viewers.

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Synagogue firebombing signals bleak horizon as chaos swirls in Ukraine

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

It is unclear who is behind a wave of antisemitic incidents in different parts of Ukraine, but many believe them to be part of the ongoing propaganda war between Russia and the new government in Kiev.

Jews arriving at a synagogue in Nikolayev on Shabbat morning discovered that petrol bombs had been thrown at the building.

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Kerry condemns leaflet ordering Ukrainian Jews to register with authorities

By Charlotte Oliver, April 18, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine were being told to register with local authorities as “not just intolerable” but “grotesque”.

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INTERVIEW: Vadim Rabinovich

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2014

Vadim Rabinovich, the multi-millionaire Jewish businessman running for president in Ukraine’s first post-revolution election in May, has said that he is willing to work with the far-right party Pravy Sektor if he takes up office.

The nationalist party played a major role in the ouster of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, but has been criticised for harbouring violent fascists.

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WJR seeks extra help for Ukrainian clients

April 11, 2014

World Jewish Relief's Pesach appeal will support around three dozen programmes helping impoverished Ukrainian Jews.

The charity currently assists 16,000 people in Ukraine. Its food cards programme enables clients to purchase essentials.

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Huge rise in Ukrainian aliyah

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2014

The unrest in Ukraine has prompted a huge increase in Jewish emigration to Israel.

According to Jewish Agency figures, 375 news immigrants arrived between January and the end of March, compared with 221 in the same period last year, a rise of 70 per cent.

More than 100 of the immigrants have arrived from Odessa, the Ukrainian Black Sea city where nearly 30,000 Jews live.

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Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified.

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