Jewish leader slams Kyiv for naming streets after Nazi collaborators
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Jewish leader slams Kyiv for naming streets after Nazi collaborators

Director of Ukrainian Jewish Committee calls move by city council an insult to Holocaust victims

In this January 1, 2019, file photo, activists of various nationalist parties carry torches, Ukrainian national flags and a portrait of Stepan Bandera during a rally in Kyiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
Illustrative: In this January 1, 2019, file photo, activists of various nationalist parties carry torches, Ukrainian national flags and a portrait of Stepan Bandera during a rally in Kyiv, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

MOSCOW — The Ukrainian Jewish Committee’s director has harshly criticized a decision by the Ukrainian capital’s legislature to name streets after Nazi collaborators.

Eduard Dolinsky said the Kyiv city council ruled Tuesday to name a city street after Ivan Pavlenko, whom he described as a Nazi collaborator and war criminal. Dolinsky said on Facebook Wednesday that Pavlenko led a Ukrainian unit involved in the killing of tens of thousands of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine.

Dolinsky said that the city legislators also named another Kyiv street after Nil Khasevich, an activist of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, who drew anti-Semitic cartoons and was involved in mass killings of Poles during World War II.

Dolinsky described the city council’s move as an insult to Holocaust victims. The Ukrainian authorities had no immediate reaction.

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