Man shouts ‘Jews to the grave’ as he tips over Kiev chanukiah

Local Jewish leadership claims to have identified the perpetrator as ‘Ukrainian nationalist’ Andriy Rachkov 


Video footage has emerged of a man upturning a public chanukiah in Kyiv’s Kontraktova Square, in Ukraine, before shouting an antisemitic slogan. 

The video, believed to have been shot last Thursday, shows a man stating: “Ukrainians – the power. Jews – to the graves.”  

At the start of the video, the perpetrator speaks to camera. According to a report by the Times of Israel, he said that he wanted to “show everyone how to treat foreigners who are occupying and taking over the country.” 

Director general of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Eduard Dolinsky claimed the man was “Ukrainian nationalist” activist Andriy Rachkov. 

According to the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, police had also identified the perpetrator as Mr Rachkov and were pursuing a charge of hooliganism.

The confederation alleged that he returned to repeat the act the following day. 

They added they were “deeply concerned about the blatant act of vandalism”, and called on the police to investigate Mr Rachkov under Ukrainian equality laws. 

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