The Diversity Initiative recorded 26 assaults. Seventeen incidents were reported to have been brought to the attention of the police. The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine reported 37 assaults. Victims included persons from Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Caucasus.
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Report Data - Ukraine - 2009
The Main Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine, together with the Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, developed Methodological Recommendations on the specifics of investigating hate crimes. The guidelines were made available to officers.
The Congress of National Communities reported an anti-Semitic assault, two cases of arson and 17 cases of vandalism. The Jewish Foundation of Ukraine reported three assaults, six cases of vandalism and 20 instances anti-Semitic graffiti. The Stephen Roth Institute reported 20 violent incidents.
The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine reported three cases of vandalism, of a religious school, a mosque and a cemetery, respectively. The Diversity Initiative reported an incident against a Crimean Tatar.
The Congress of National Communities reported an attack with a Molotov cocktail on a church belonging to the Revival Fire Christian group.
The Informational Educational Centre reported one assault and that threats were made targeting an LGBT organization. The Congress of National Communities reported three attacks on property associated with LGBT persons.
UNHCR reported four assaults, including two against two asylum seekers from Uzbekistan and Pakistan, respectively, and two against two recognized refugees, one from Congo and the other from the Russian Federation. Two of these four attacks were reported to the police.
The Interior Ministry and the Office of the Prosecutor issued a joint instruction to law-enforcement bodies to register crimes committed on the basis racial, ethnic or religious intolerance.
The criminal code was amended to include aggravating circumstances in sentences for crimes motivated by “racial, national or religious intolerance”. The types of crimes added in the amendments include murder, intentional grievous bodily harm, intentional bodily injury of medium gravity and threatening to kill.