In Digest, Ukraine

By New Cold War.org, June 24, 2015

Right-wing assailants of foreign students in Kharkiv June 11, 2015 (photo by Interior Ministry of Kharkiv region)

Right-wing assailants of foreign students in Kharkiv June 11, 2015 (photo by Interior Ministry of Kharkiv region)

Korrespondent.net reports on June 24 that all five of the right-wing hooligans arrested in Kharkiv on June 11 for murderous attacks on foreign students have been released without charges.

The attackers, reported to number as many as 40, inflicted grave head trauma and knife injuries on foreign students and passersby in the vicinity of Kharkiv University. Nine people were hospitalized, including four students from Jordan. Three victims were operated on.

The anti-Russian website ‘Human Rights in Ukraine’ is carefully critical of the Ukrainian government for the government’s absurd claim that the attack was perpetrated by the “Russian security service”. The group worries that the attacks will harm the international reputation of Kharkiv and deter foreign visitors.

Much of Ukrainian press reported the attack as a “brawl”.

Russian consulates-general in Kharkiv attacked on June 11, 2015 (Pavel Pakhomenko, TASS)

Russian consulates-general in Kharkiv attacked on June 11, 2015 (Pavel Pakhomenko, TASS)

Earlier on June 11, the consulate-general of the Russia Federation in Kharkiv was attacked by hooligans. Russia has demanded a full police investigation. In a diplomatic note, it explains there was no satisfactory investigation of the attack against the Russian embassy in Kyiv on June 14, 2014.

June 12 is celebrated in Russia as Russia Day. It is a national holiday since 1992.

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