US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed reports that Jewish citizens in eastern Ukraine have been sent notices requiring them to identify themselves, and offered a strong condemnation of what he termed "grotesque" behavior.
"In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and the entire journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it's grotesque. It is beyond unacceptable," he said in Geneva, where he met Russian, Ukrainian and EU counterparts to draw up a four-way agreement to work to defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine.
Kerry said all parties at the Geneva meeting had condemned such threats and intimidation.
To recall, activists of self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk distributed the flyers calling on Jews to “register or face deportation”.
The registration and the fee are due because the Jewish leaders "supported the nationalist junta of [Stepan] Bandera in Kiev" and are hostile "to Orthodox Donetsk republic and its citizens.