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Anti-Semitic banner pinned to Ukrainian president's office

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Soldiers of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps with their flags attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukra...
People carry flags of right-wing party Svoboda and a banner reading "Fight to collaborators!" during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre...
A handicapped Ukrainian army veteran watches a a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ef...
Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Activists of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps light flares as they cheers participants of a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day...
Soldiers of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps with their flags attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukra...
People carry the Ukrainian National flag at a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem...

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Soldiers of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps with their flags attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukra...

People carry flags of right-wing party Svoboda and a banner reading "Fight to collaborators!" during a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre...

A handicapped Ukrainian army veteran watches a a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ef...

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian army veterans attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Activists of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps light flares as they cheers participants of a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day...

Soldiers of Ukrainian right-wing paramilitary Azov National Corps with their flags attend a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukra...

People carry the Ukrainian National flag at a rally marking Defender of Ukraine Day in centre Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem...

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — About 5,000 ultra-right activists marched across the Ukrainian capital Wednesday to denounce a cease-fire in the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, leaving an anti-Semitic banner pinned to the presidential office's entrance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has sought to intensify efforts to end the fighting with Russia-backed separatists in the east, championing a cease-fire that has largely held for more than 2 1/2 months despite occasional clashes.

On Wednesday, Zelenskiy visited the Ukrainian troops in the east, hailing the truce and voicing hope that it will help end the conflict.

But the right-wingers who rallied in the Ukrainian capital denounced the cease-fire deal as a betrayal of Ukrainian interests. They also demanded new legislation to counter those whom they described as “collaborationists” sympathetic to Russian interests, including several TV stations they said must be shut.

After rallying outside the presidential office, the far-right activists pinned a huge banner denouncing what they described as the “occupation and pilfering of Ukraine” by the president’s “Jewish clan” to the building’s entrance.

The United Jewish Community of Ukraine demanded that prosecutors open a probe into what it described as an anti-Semitic act.

There was no immediate reaction from Zelenskiy’s office.

The two ex-Soviet neighbors have been locked in a tug-of-war after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 following the ouster of the former, Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president and cast its support behind separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine.


Updated : 2021-02-26 12:17 GMT+08:00