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Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

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. By […]

Ukraine’s Phantom Neo-Nazi Menace

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/ukraines-phantom-neo-nazi-menace/359650/ by David Frum KIEV, Ukraine—“When was the last time you personally experienced anti-Semitism?” I asked the executive director of the organized Jewish community for the city of Kiev. He gave me a puzzled look. “You mean, called me a Zhid or something like that?” “Anything.” He thought for a moment. “Back in Soviet times.” I put […]

Visiting Kiev’s wounded in Jerusalem

by Jeremy Borovitz (JTA)- Artem Zaptotski, from Lutsk, in western Ukraine, sits in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, sharing his room with a French Hasid. Seeing that I speak Hebrew and wear a kippah, the Hasid asks if he should encourage Zaptotski to put on tefillin. No, I tell him. Zaptotski isn’t Jewish. In fact, he […]

Father Mykola Kvych: ‘I was accused of sponsoring the Ukrainian Navy’

The last two days the faithful of our church and the citizens of Ukraine who follow events in Crimea eagerly awaited news of Father Mykola Kvych – a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and a military chaplain. This summer would have marked 10 years since he began his service in Sevastopol. Unfortunately, on the day of […]

Crimea unrest witnessed up close by Chabad rabbi

(JNS.org) While the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold, Jews in the disputed region of Crimea have been caught in a battle over nationalism. Like many minority groups in the area, Ukrainian Jews fear for their safety and their future amid the heightened tension. Click photo to download. Caption: Rabbi Yitzchok Meyer Lipszyc, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary […]

Edelstein to push for security aid to Ukrainian Jews

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein offered support to Ukrainian Jewry Tuesday, during a video chat with leaders of the Jewish community of Dnipropetrovsk. “There is tension in the air, but no Jew is hiding his Judaism,” Rabbi Meir Stembler said. “There is anti-Semitism, but not systematic anti-Semitism. We do not feel more threatened after the revolution.” […]

As tensions continue with Russia, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church March 17, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the United States and European Union called illegal. While Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Eastern-rite church in Ukraine, […]

Ukrainian Jewish leaders blame Russia for anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

by Sam Sokol An attack on a Ukrainian rabbi over the weekend was a provocation, intended as a “justification for the continuation of Russian aggression” in Crimea, one Ukrainian Jewish leader asserted on Saturday. Such violence serves to “discredit the new government of Ukraine,” Josef Zissels, chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine and a vice president of […]

Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because […]

Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev on Thursday in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA. “They struck him in the leg, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, calling him a ‘zyhd,’ she […]