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Kiev City Council building in Ukraine's capital city

A high-ranking retired Ukrainian intelligence officer affiliated with the country’s Security Service wrote in a Facebook post last week that he wants to destroy all the Jews in Ukraine.

General Vasily Vovk still holds a senior reserve rank with the Security Service of Ukraine, the service which succeeded the KGB in the country.

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He reportedly wrote in a Facebook post last week that Jews “aren’t Ukrainians and I will destroy you along with [Jewish lawmaker Vadim] Rabinovych. I’m telling you one more time – go to hell, zhidi [kikes], the Ukrainian people have had it to here with you.

“Ukraine must be governed by Ukrainians,” the post allegedly said, before it was deleted from Facebook, according to a report published by the British Jewish Chronicle.

Asked for a response, the Ukraine Embassy in Tel Aviv said in a written statement sent to the JC that it “regrets about the fact that General of the Security Service of Ukraine left a highly provocative post of anti-Semitic character on his Facebook page.

“The Embassy of Ukraine condemns all kinds of manifestations of antisemitism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, and is convinced that there should be no place for them in modern Ukrainian society,” the Embassy spokesperson wrote.

However, there was no indication as to whether there would be a followup with disciplinary action of any kind.

On Friday, a Jewish man was attacked by an ax-wielding neighbor in the Ukraine city of Dnipro (formerly Dnepropetrovsk). The young man, age 26, was badly injured and rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.