You are here

Report Data - Ukraine - 2015

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 178 149 6
2017 163 94 3
2016 144 76 2
2015 157 79 3
2014 33 33 2

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

The National Police adopted an Action Plan to prevent hate crimes for 2019. As part of the plan, hate crime monitoring groups have been created in police units.

The Human Rights Department and the Main Investigation Department of the National Police have worked with ODIHR to transform the internal Methodological Recommendations on Investigating Hate Crimes, launched in 2017, into a publication on Categorizing and Investigating Hate Crimes in Ukraine: A Practical Guide, launched in 2019, which is now to be translated into operational practice of the police and subsequent trainings for police officers.

NGO reports 
Organization Report 

The Diversity Initiative, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 11 physical assaults and one incident of vandalism.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) and the European Centre for Democracy Development reported two physical assaults, including one committed by a group. The victims were Nigerian and Tajik men. The CNCU, the UNHCR and Right 2 Protection (R2P) reported two physical assaults, which targeted a Somali and a Guinean man, respectively. The UNHCR and R2P reported one physical assault and three incidents of threats.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The CNCU additionally reported four physical assaults including two committed by a group and one with the use of a knife; and one attempted arson attack. The European Centre for Democracy Development reported one attack on foreigners in a club, carried out by a large group armed with baseball bats and knives, and one physical assault.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The UNHCR reported one incident in which a Syrian man was threatened by an armed group in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine. The CNCU also reported three incidents of vandalism targeting Tatar memorials or stores, and one incident of the desecration of a religious Tatar memorial in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU), the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM) reported two arson attacks. The CNCU and the EAJC reported one physical assault, three arson attacks, an attempted arson attack, two incidents of the desecration of graves, 12 cases of damage to property and one theft. The EAJC and the SMM reported one incident of the desecration of graves.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Diversity Initiative, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported 22 incidents of vandalism. The European Centre for Democracy Development reported three arson attacks.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the European Centre for Democracy Development and the Kantor Centre reported three incidents of vandalism against Holocaust memorials. The European Centre for Democracy Development and the Kantor Centre reported three additional incidents of vandalism against Holocaust memorials.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The EAJC reported one incident in which a pregnant woman was abducted and assaulted in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Diversity Initiative, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported two incidents of vandalism. The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported one attempted arson attack and one incident of vandalism.

Organization Name 
Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) reported one physical assault. The CNCU also reported two incidents of damage to property in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Nash Mir reported four incidents in which gay men were murdered; 40 physical assaults, of which 26 caused injuries and three were committed by large groups; four incidents of robbery and one threat. The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) and the European Centre for Democracy Development also reported the murder of an LGBT activist.

Organization Name 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Nash Mir, the CNCU and the European Centre for Democracy Development also reported two incidents of physical assault carried out by groups.  Nash Mir and the CNCU reported two additional arson attacks.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The CNCU reported six additional physical assaults and one arson attack. Fulcrum Ukraine reported one incident of vandalism and one threat. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported one arson attack against an LGBT community Centre.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The European Centre for Democracy Development reported two physical assaults carried out by groups in altercations on church premises, and three arson attacks on churches.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Congress of National Communities of Ukraine (CNCU) and the European Centre for Democracy Development reported one attempted arson attack on a church, and the CNCU reported an attempted arson attack on the same church. The Research Institute of Social Initiatives Ukraine reported one further arson attack on a church.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Jehovah’s Witnesses – Ukraine reported 21 physical assaults, eight threats, on incident of vandalism and two incidents of graffiti.

Organization Name 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported four physical assaults located in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine. Jehovah’s Witnesses – Ukraine also reported two physical assaults, one burglary, one robbery and one incident of threat located in territories that are not controlled by the government of Ukraine.

Organization Name 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe (OIDC) reported the murders of a priest and a nun of the Orthodox Church; and three thefts targeting a church, followed by an attempt to set it alight.

The OIDC also reported the kidnapping of an evangelical pastor in territories that are not under the control of the Ukrainian authorities.

Description Type 
Reports
IGO Reports 
Organization Report 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that they have continued to co-operate with civil society within the framework of the Diversity Initiative monitoring network. At the initiative of the UNHCR and the IOM, a working group is being established under the auspices of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine to improve the investigation and documentation of hate crimes. The UNHCR has strengthened training for protection monitors on identifying hate crimes and xenophobia, with an emphasis on minorities such as Roma, Crimean Tatars, and sexual and religious minorities. Also, in December 2015, the UNHCR conducted training for new patrol police in Kyiv, covering the issues of cultural diversity and hate crimes, and, jointly with the IOM and ODIHR, organized an expert roundtable on combating hate crimes in Ukraine.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

In its "Concluding observations on the twenty-second and twenty-third periodic reports of Ukraine", the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that all hate crimes be duly registered, investigated and prosecuted under article 161 of the criminal code, that disaggregated statistics on hate crimes be compiled, and the continuation of training police on hate crime.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Developments
ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Ukraine has not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech and/or discrimination.

National Developments 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

The National Police of Ukraine instituted a number of measures to improve efficiency in recording and investigating hate crimes in 2015. The main investigation department of the National Police issued an instruction, "on the provision of information concerning the investigation of criminal offenses committed on the grounds of racial, ethnic or religious intolerance." According to this instruction, individual employees who supervise the investigation of these criminal cases were assigned to the investigation departments of the National Police at the regional level, and are also to inform the main investigation department of the results of their investigations.

An employee of the main investigation department of the National Police was assigned to monitor the unified register of pre-trial investigations on the progress and results of investigations of criminal proceedings initiated on the basis of racial, ethnic or religious intolerance, as well as the analysis and verification of information on hate crimes which appear in mass media.

Specialists from the main investigation department of the National Police, in co-operation with representatives from the Lviv State University of Internal Affairs, developed recommendations on the "peculiarities of investigating crimes committed by bias motive," aimed at improving the skills of investigative units addressing these crimes.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 31 racist hate crimes.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded three crimes motivated by bias against Roma and Sinti.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 18 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded 94 crimes motivated by anti-religious bias.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded nine crimes based on bias against LGBT people.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Official figures recorded two crimes motivated by disablist bias.

Overview of incidents reported by civil society groups and organizations 
Mandated bias motivation 
#raw-data:Attack figures:;
Mandated bias motivation 
#raw-data:Attack figures:;
Mandated bias motivation 
#raw-data:Attack figures:;
Mandated bias motivation 
#raw-data:Attack figures:;
#raw-data:Attack figures:;
#raw-data:Attack figures:;