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    One person has been killed in an attack on a Roma camp in western Ukraine late on Saturday night.

    A masked group armed with batons and other weapons targeted the camp on the outskirts of the city of Lviv shortly before midnight, according to police.

    A 24-year-old man died of stab wounds, while four others - including a 10-year-old boy - were injured.

    It is the latest in a series of attacks on Ukraine's Roma community (also known as gypsies).

    Seven suspects aged 16 and 17 have been arrested, as well as a 20-year-old accused of planning the attack.

    Ukraine's national police force and Ministry of Internal Affairs have launched a criminal investigation into the "deliberate murder", which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

    Ukraine's Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova has asked the interior minister to personally oversee the investigation and to arrange temporary accommodation for the victims.

    In April, the far-right group C14 burnt down tents in a Roma camp in the capital Kiev and chased women and children.
    Ukraine Roma camp attack leaves one dead

    (Reuters) - The United States and Canada said on Monday they were horrified by an attack on a Roma camp in Western Ukraine in which one man was killed and several wounded, including a ten-year-old boy.

    Police have detained ten teenagers suspected of involvement in the violence, which saw a 24-year-old Roma man stabbed to death and four others wounded at a camp on the outskirts of the city of Lviv late on Saturday.

    The incident is the deadliest in a spate of recent attacks by nationalist radical groups, which human rights groups say are on the rise due to inaction from the Ukrainian authorities.

    "Horrified by attack on Roma camp in Lviv. Perpetrators must be brought to justice. Racist violence has no place in Europe, including in Ukraine," the U.S. embassy in Ukraine said on Twitter.

    Canada's Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk suggested an inadequate response to vigilante far-right violence was partly to blame for the attack.

    "Impunity for self-anointed extremist 'enforcers' has played a role in this tragedy. Ukraine is obliged to secure the dignity and lives of all its citizens," he said on Twitter.

    Since the pro-European leadership came to power in 2014, Ukraine has received billions of dollars in financial aid from Western allies, partly in exchange for commitments to conform to international democratic and human rights standards.

    But rights organizations say police have rarely launched investigations nor have perpetrators been prosecuted following at least two dozen violent attacks or threats by radical groups since the start of 2018.

    The latest incident follows an attack on another Roma settlement in April, where masked men chased women and small children with rocks and pepper spray after burning down their tents.

    The violence is problematic for the Ukrainian authorities, who want to counter claims by the Kremlin and Russian media that far-right and extreme nationalist groups are prevalent.

    On Monday, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said Ukrainians needed to prevent giving Russia ammunition in the information war between the two countries, whose relations collapsed in 2014 over Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    "Russia very consistently tries to present Ukraine as some kind of radical reality that does not support human rights. We're trying very actively to destroy these efforts by Russia," Klimkin said in a televised briefing.

    "The atmosphere of tolerance must be preserved so as not to let Russia ... do what it consistently does," he said.
    U.S., Canada condemn deadly attack on Roma camp in Ukraine

    Klimkin can say what he wants.

    But these Roma citizens attending their cultural event in Dzhankoy, Crimea, are likely glad as hell to be in Russia now

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    KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine -- There were at least 10 attackers with knives, hammers, and other makeshift weapons. They struck under the cover of darkness, just before midnight on June 23, swinging their weapons and shouting obscenities, and jolting the 14 Romany campers -- including four children -- from their sleep.

    By the time it was over, several terrifying minutes later, a 24-year-old man lay dead and four other Roma were wounded -- a 10-year-old boy, two 19-year-old men, and a 30-year-old woman.

    "They attacked our house, beat us with a hammer," one of the victims, 19-year-old David Pop, told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service from a hospital bed in the western Lviv region the following day. "The camp had children. They attacked us with knives.... The attackers were screaming to 'get out of here.'"

    Pop, who is originally from the western border city of Mukachevo, is recovering from stab wounds to his chest and right shoulder following the latest in a wave of increasingly violent attacks against Romany camps in Ukraine -- and the first to turn deadly.

    Pop's account matches what Ukrainian National Police said occurred in a forest on the outskirts of Lviv.

    According to the Lviv Regional Police, their officers received a call from the Romany camp informing them of masked attackers around 11:30 p.m. Officers arrived shortly thereafter and stopped the attack, detaining seven male Lviv region residents aged 16-17. Later, police detained the 20-year-old alleged organizer of the crime.

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    According to the Ukrainian news site Zakhid, the group operated a YouTube page previously named Lemberg Jugend, meaning Lviv Youth in German, which, as Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group pointed out in a June 25 column, carries an obvious association with the Hitler Jugend.

    Zakhid reported that one of the group's videos, titled "small report about a safari on gypsies," showed several youths harassing Roma.

    The group also apparently created a channel on the Telegram messenger app on April 20 -- Hitler's birthday. At the time of publication, it had 51 subscribers. Zakhid reported that, of the more than 70 posts, many of which are in Russian, "most are motivating phrases in the Nazi spirit." One is a stylized picture of Hitler with the words: "An idea without deeds is dead."

    The organization uses symbols of the far-right Misanthropic Division, an openly neo-Nazi group in Ukraine known for perpetrating violence against minorities. Some of its members were also volunteer fighters who took up arms in the early days of the war against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Still, there were signs Ukraine was looking to shift the blame to someone with a proven track record of meddling in in the country's affairs: Russia.

    Despite the arrests of Ukrainian citizens in the latest attack, Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) chief Vasyl Hrytsak said on June 25 that he saw the "hand of Russia" in it. He cited "a similar organization that exists in Russia as well," a reference to the far-right group behind the attack that appeared to be based within the borders of its northern neighbor but may have actually originated in western Ukraine, according to Zakhid's reporting.

    Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadoviy, who condemned the attack on the Romany camp and demanded a thorough and impartial investigation, said "those responsible for the murder" should face stiff punishment.

    Sadovy later said the injured Roma had been provided with security.

    Mykola Yurchenko, head of nongovernmental organization Roma of Ukraine Ternipe, told Hromadske TV that the victims were taken to a homeless shelter in Lviv.

    Yurchenko and others had warned of a "chain reaction" of violence following the previous Ukrainian attacks, as authorities appeared slow to protect minority Roma.
    Deadly Attack Escalates Violent Trend Against Ukrainian Roma

    Fucking Ukraine... Everything is Russia's fault with them lol

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