On October 7 the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry’s representative in Kiev Ilya Bezrychko reported a Chabad rabbi in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir had been beaten severely. No motive for the attack is known.
Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, an emissary in France and Israel, was assaulted at the city’s central train station early Friday morning, October 7. Media reported that the rabbi remained in hospital after undergoing surgery.
NCSEJ pledged to monitor the situation and issue updates about any new developments in connection with the attack.