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Attacks against ethnic Bulgarians in Ukraine

Growing tensions: The Bulgarian population in the Bessarabia region suffers oppression by Ukrainian so-called ultra-nationalists

Published: June 1, 2017, 5:25 pm

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    300 activists from the Bulgarian minority in Ukraine were blocking a road in the Bessarabia region to protest against the latest attacks by Ukrainian ultra-“nationalists”. One of the leaders of the Bulgarians in Ukraine was attacked with green paint, and Bulgarian monuments have also been desecrated, allegedly by Ukrainian ultra-“nationalists”.

    Bulgarians in Ukraine is the fifth biggest minority in the country primarily residing in the southern regions where they make up a significant minority living in the Odessa Oblast. In Ukraine, the number of Bulgarians is estimated at over 140 000 (the 2001 Ukrainian Census counted a total of 204 600 Bulgarians, this including an undetermined number of more recent emigrants), being a majority in Bolhrad in the Odessa Oblast in the southern part of the country.

    Since the Maidan putsch in early 2014, the situation for ethnic and national minorities in Ukraine has become more and more difficult. Kiev and Ukrainian ultra-“nationalists” accuse minorities of “separatism”. The commander of the ultra-“nationalist” Organization of Ukrainian nationalists (OUN) Nikolay Kohanivsky, accuses the Bulgarian minority and their representatives of “destabilisation” of the region.

    Bulgarian MP Stanislav Stanilov

    The tensions in Ukraine between the Bulgarian population and Ukrainian ultra-“nationalists” are carefully observed in Bulgaria as well. In a comment to FreeWestMedia, Prof. Stanislav Stanilov, one of the leading members of Bulgaria’s patriotic Ataka party and vice-chairman of the Ataka group in the Bulgarian national assembly, stated:

    “I know that recently Ukrainian “nationalists” – most of them are real fascists – put pressure on the Bulgarian minority. I think that this is a natural reaction, a consequence, caused by the disintegration of Ukrainian society which actually has never been integrated. Ukrainians literally want to kick out Bulgarians from Ukraine in the framework of a program of creating “a pure Ukrainian nation”. Besides, a part of Bulgarians are Russophiles something that is already considered as a huge crime in Ukraine.”

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