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Ukrainian Jewish billionaire resigns as governor amid dispute with president

(JTA) — The Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky resigned as governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region amid a dispute with President Petro Poroshenko over control of two state-owned firms. Kolomoisky, who has poured millions of his own wealth into preparing Ukraine’s army to fight against Russia, sent Poroshenko his resignation letter late last week, the news […]

Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev

KIEV (JTA) — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old […]

Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue

Irina Shelkayeba was cooking supper last night in her apartment in Donetsk when a rocket slammed into her apartment, instantly killing her. She was an active member of the Donetsk Jewish community and a teacher in their OhrAvner Preschool, according to Rabbi Aryeh Schvartz, assistant to the community’s chief rabbi. Shelkayeba—whose 30-year-old son lived with […]

Eastern Ukraine Jews to get $650,000 in emergency funding

(JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews pledged $650,000 in emergency funding for Jews in the battle zones of eastern Ukraine. The emergency funding will provide Jews from cities such as Donetsk and Mariupol, who are caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists, with medicine, food, housing and security, Rabbi […]

Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders

(JTA) — The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, during a news conference on Monday called the country’s leaders “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people.” “I can’t remember a time when Cossacks were led by people […]

Separatist leader says ‘miserable Jews’ running Ukraine

Ukraine is run by “miserable Jews,” one of the leaders of the Russian-backed insurgency roiling the former Soviet republic told a press conference on Tuesday.Ukrainian nationalist figures of previous generations would roll over in their graves if they could see the current leadership in Kiev, said Alexander Zakharchenko, president of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic.“Petro […]

Ukrainian Jews look to evacuate city as Jewish woman reportedly killed by shelling

Jewish leaders in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol are urging their constituents to flee as casualties mount amid shelling by Russian- backed separatists. One member of the Jewish community has been killed by the shelling, Aaron Kaganovsky, the assistant to city Rabbi Mendel Cohen, told JewishNews.com.ua. “There’s turmoil in the community, but we continue […]

Kiev to appoint special envoy to combat anti-Semitism

The announcement came days after representatives of the European Jewish Congress urged the EU to create just such an office. Ukraine will soon appoint an envoy tasked with preventing and combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Last week’s announcement came days before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Red Army […]

Ukrainian Jewish businessman found shot dead

(JTA) — A Ukrainian Jewish businessman was shot dead in Lviv. The body of Felix Vrotslavsky, 56, was found Tuesday on Zelenoy Street, on the city’s southeastern edge. The murder was first reported by the news site zik.ua, citing an unnamed police source. A witness told police that Vrotslavsky’s body was thrown out of a […]

Jews Struggling to Survive as Fighting Intensifies in Eastern Ukraine

In eastern Ukraine, Jews are scrambling to survive as fighting intensifies between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukraine army. At least nine people were killed this morning (Jan. 22) when a civilian bus was shelled in the city of Donetsk, capital of the province bearing the same name. The Ukraine defense ministry told the BBCthat its […]