TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — Israeli incumbent President Reuven Rivlin has suspended his official visit to Ukraine over the death of his predecessor, Shimon Peres.
"President Reuven Rivlin has halted his official visit to Ukraine after the news about the death of Shimon Peres emerged and will return to Israel today," Israeli Channel 10 broadcaster reported.
Rivlin's visit to Ukraine was devoted to 75th Anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy. Babi Yar is a ravine in the Ukraine capital of Kiev where more than 33,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis and Ukrainian collaborators on September 29-30, 1941. Many historians consider it the largest single massacre in the Holocaust.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Barack Obama, French leader Francois Hollande have already sent their condolences to the family of the politician.