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 […]

Why US sanctions could play into Putin’s hand

The new round of US sanctions slapped on Russia over Crimea Thursday may already be taking a toll on Russia’s economy. But how effective the measures will be in curbing Russia’s aggressive policies remains a controversial question. In fact, the Kremlin leadership could have planned for the sanctions in a way that would mute their immediate impact on their intended targets, Russian President […]

It’s time to stop Putin

by Gary Kasparov, Washington Post When Vladi­mir Putin formally annexed Crimea this week, he acted in defiance of the predictions of many pundits, politicians and so-called experts. Perhaps Putin was not impressed by their sound reasoning and elegant discourse on how his invasion and annexation threatened Russia’s interests. But the main problem with the West’s “Putin would […]

Crimea annexation frightens Patriarch of Moscow

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow (AsiaNews) – When last March 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the federal parliament in impassioned defense of Great Russia, to justify the annexation of the Crimea, the expressions on the faces of the front rows of the assembly betrayed an unusual concern. Amid the Imam’s turban and the rabbi’s hat, […]

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.” […]