He’s Ukraine’s combination Jerry Seinfeld and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Before Zelensky was at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, he was a comedian playing Ukraine’s president on TV.
With his army fatigues, long greying beard and black kippah, Cherkassky looked halfway between a combat soldier and a rabbi. He could just as well have been a captain in the Israel Defense Forces. But he is not; Cherkassky, yarmulke and all, is a Ukrainian patriot who has been fighting with Right Sector, the very nationalist militia [Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been denouncing for anti-Semitism.
Ukrainians seeking to honor men accused of Nazi atrocities are winning support — from influential Jewish leaders.
A senior Russian rabbi accused the president of Ukraine of glossing over his country’s Holocaust record and lying about Russia’s treatment of Jews.
A synagogue in eastern Ukraine sustained minor damage from firebombs hurled at it by unidentified individuals.
The Jewish Agency said it would offer immediate emergency assistance to Ukraine’s Jewish community and will help secure the country’s Jewish institutions.
On the last evening in November, at least 31 protesters were taken into custody and dozens treated for injuries following a violent confrontation with Ukrainian police in Kiev’s Independence Square.
Ukrainian authorities announced plans to improve travel to Jewish pilgrimage sites.