U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Confirms Anti-Semitic Pamphlets Are ‘Real Deal’

In the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Russian militants have seized government facilities, pamphlets have recently been circulated warning Jews to register with city officials or see their property confiscated. There was some confusion as to who put the leaflets out, or whether they were merely meant as a provocation. On Thursday, however, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine confirmed to CNN that the pamphlets are authentic.

Speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper, Amb. Geoffrey Pyatt said that the “chilling” leaflets which force Jews to register their property and religion with the government or face consequences have been released by that city’s pro-Russian insurgent authority.

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“Everything that we’re hearing suggests that this is the real deal, and that it is coming from somebody on the ground there among these radical groups,” Pyatt said, “either to stir fear or to create provocation justifying further violence.”

Pyatt revealed that he has spoken with sources in the Southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, where violence between pro-government and pro-Russian forces has been reported. He said that he’s hearing reports of similar anti-Semitic measures there.

Watch the report below via CNN:

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