The American director of a European Union-funded tourism promotion project in Simferopol was attacked by an unknown assailant after a brief verbal exchange over the anti-goverment EuroMaidan protests early on Feb. 15, according to Kyiv Post.

Jeffrey Luebbe, 36, needed two stitches near his right eye, suffered a bloody nose and a swollen lip after being hit in the head five times by a man aged “25-35 years with short brown hair and 180 centimeters in height.”

Numerous phone calls placed with the Autonomous Region of Crimea’s Interior Ministry’s number listed on its website went unanswered.  But according to Luebbe, police have classified the case as an act of hooliganism.