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    US State Department Says Catholics, Jews Still Discriminated Against in Ukraine

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    Greek-Catholics and Jewish people in Ukraine continued to experience discrimination last year, the US Department of State said in its annual report on religious freedom on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Accroding to the report, there were cases of physical assaults on members of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) and Jehovah’s Witnesses, as well as one attack on a Jewish journalist.

    Additionally, the report detailed threats of violence directed against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), including efforts to seize the group’s churches.

    "The Jewish community remained concerned about the continued existence of Lviv’s Krakivskiy Market on the grounds of an ancient Jewish cemetery," and reported acts of vandalism at Holocaust memorials and a Jewish cemetery, the report added.

    Since the 2014 coup in Ukraine various neo-Nazi groups have gained ground in the country, working hard to glorify Nazi collaborators known for mass murders of Poles and Jews.

    The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report is a detailed overview of the status of religious rights in 200 nations and includes reports of religious freedom violations by governments as well as terror groups and individuals.

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