The Ukrainian embassy in Israel claims that Russia is deliberately targeting synagogues and Jewish centers in Ukraine.
“Nazi Russians continue to intentionally destroy synagogues and centers of Jewish culture throughout Ukraine. What else needs to happen for the Israeli government to help Ukraine in self-defense?” the embassy says in a Facebook post.
The statement is accompanied by a number of photos that are apparently Jewish sites damaged in the fighting, but no further evidence is provided to confirm deliberate targeting.
The Ukrainian envoy to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk has repeatedly slammed Israel for its refusal to provide military aid to Ukraine, even defensive equipment such as helmets and flak jackets.
Israel has, however, provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine,
Jerusalem has sought to walk a tightrope to maintain good relations with both Ukraine and Russia, the latter of which maintains a military presence in Syria and is negotiating Iran’s return to a nuclear deal.
Israel has pointed to its neutral position as an asset that enabled Bennett to assist as a mediator between Kyiv and Moscow, but Korniychuk has dismissed this as an excuse for not being more actively supported of Ukraine, following Russia’s February 24 invasion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine was to “denazify” the neighboring country, which has a Jewish president.