Pro-Russian Separatists Loot, Assault Romani in Sloviansk

Donbass Militia leader Vyacheslav Ponomarev

Vyacheslav Ponomarev

Pro-Russian separatists have engaged in seemingly racially motivated acts of looting and assault against Romani residents of Sloviansk, reports the News of Donbass. Reports of the attacks were confirmed by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. Armed separatists have reportedly begun a series of home invasions against the city’s Romani population, robbing and assaulting their victims. The militants apparently have shown no regard for age or gender, and women and children have been among the victims who were beaten According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen carried off stolen property in trucks.

The perpetrators claim that they are acting on the orders of the self-described ‘People’s Mayor’ and leader of the separatist militant wing, Vyacheslav Ponomarev. According to Ponomarev, he held talks with a Romani who he alleged were involved in drug trafficking, and “removed them from the city.” Ponomarev said they were not attacks on Romani, but rather ‘cleaning the city from drugs.’

The attacks on Romani, also known as Gypsies, follow a troubling precedent set the day prior when members of the Donetsk Republic organization distributed anti-Semitic leaflets in an attempt to extort and intimidate members of the Jewish community. Ponomarev has also announced a “hunt” on the Ukrainian speaking population of Sloviansk, wherein those who speak the indigenous language be treated as suspicious and reported to the local militia.

The Prime Minister has instructed law enforcement agencies to identify those distributing hateful material and bring them to justice, as well as those involved in the attacks on Romani.

  • Steve Akven

    “Confirmed by Yatsenyuk.” What a relief ! :-) In Yatsenyuk we trust !

    • Mykola Potytorsky

      Hi there steve, you troll here too, wow. What is the world’s thickest/biggest book? Answer Putin lies, funny eh?

    • Jean-Ian Simard

      see bud…3 month later and gess what? your wrong now and you where wrong then!!!

    • Jean-Ian Simard

      That`s what you find to say with this article? well That tell us a lot about how f…..d… you are!!

  • LawrenceOshanek

    Steve boy here is very likely a poorly paid Russian troll.

    • UkrainianPolicy

      He does appear to be one.

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  • Jean-Ian Simard

    that`s the real reason why people hide their faces…so they can steal what ever they feel like!!It was prouven many times over by russian separatists and by the defence millitias!!!I bet that Putin find this out early in the beginning and that is why he don`t want to assist them… i agree it`s a good reason not to assist.

  • Jean-Ian Simard

    Ukraine should not forget that the majority of the sloviansk population where on the separatists side!!!Not to be trusted too much security details.Not forget that some of them ARE terrorists allies!!

  • ronald seger

    MH17, almost 300 people killed, amongst them 193 off my countrymen, Russian scum terrorists, you can run but you can’t hide, we will find you someday!
    And for that leprechaun fagot putin, you will pay for this…


    A proud Dutch men