Vandalized Edmonton Ukrainian National Federation Hall with swastika – Edmonton

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is asking police to investigate the vandalism of Edmonton’s Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) Hall as a possible hate crime.

On Friday, people involved with the UNF found swastikas spray-painted on the building itself, as well as on a banner reading “Stop Putin, Stop War” hanging right next to the building.

On Friday, spray-painted swastikas were found in Edmonton’s Ukrainian National Federation Hall, as well as on a banner reading “Stop Putin, Stop War” hanging right next to the building. Global News has decided to blur the images of the swastika.

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Marco Levytsky, a UNF spokesman in Edmonton, said someone took a photo of the suspect vandalizing the building, but the vandal was wearing a hood. He said the image suggests it happened around 3 a.m.

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“It’s disgusting,” he said. “This is a symbol of hate.

“We’ll have to clean it up.”

On Friday, spray-painted swastikas were found in Edmonton’s Ukrainian National Federation Hall, as well as on a banner reading “Stop Putin, Stop War” hanging right next to the building. Global News has decided to blur the images of the swastika.

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Levytsky said that the UNF has been “heading, managing and organizing the welcoming committee for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Edmonton,” and that hundreds have already arrived in the city since the military invasion began.

“We are not going to be arrested,” he said, indicating that he believes the vandal intended to intimidate the organization. “(Ukrainians arriving in Edmonton) have been hearing that Nazis lie all the time, so they won’t be surprised.”

“This is clearly an act intended to intimidate the Ukrainian-Canadian community who have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainians defending themselves against Russia’s genocide.
war,” the UCC said in a statement issued on Friday.

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A spokesperson for the Edmonton Police Service told Global News that it has received a report about vandalism seen at the central Edmonton building and is investigating it.

They said that because it is still “very early in the investigation,” they could not comment further.

In its statement issued on Friday, the UCC said that since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began nearly three months ago, “there has been a sharp increase in harassment, violence and intimidation against Ukrainian-Canadians across the country.”

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“This latest vandalism comes on the heels of an April 20 arson attack on a Ukrainian Catholic priest and his family in Victoria,” read the statement, which was signed by UCC Alberta Provincial Council President Mr. president of the Edmonton branch of the UCC. and the president of the National Federation of Ukraine. “These incidents have occurred throughout the country and have targeted Ukrainian community facilities and churches, as well as private property.

“Given this increase in violence, we call on law enforcement to work closely with the Ukrainian community to ensure the continued safety of people and property and the prosecution of perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law. ”.

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Levytsky said that while he does not know who may have been behind the vandalism, he is convinced it is the work of “someone who is obviously influenced by Russian propaganda.”

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“(I think) Russian propaganda is behind this,” he said, noting that Ukraine’s president is Jewish and that the Ukrainians gave him a landslide election victory.

Levytsky added that with Russia’s ongoing actions in Ukraine resulting in a large number of civilian deaths, he is concerned to see people helping Ukrainians fleeing war being attacked by hooligans.

George Yopyk is treasurer of the UNF Edmonton branch and a former president of UNF.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s very serious.

“I don’t understand why people do things like this.”

He noted that he doesn’t think the vandalism reflects badly on the city, as Edmontonians as a whole have come together to help Ukrainians fleeing the violence.

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