Monument of Prominent Yiddish Author Defaced With Swastikas in Ukraine

Hateful graffiti has also been painted on synagogues and Jewish institutions across the country

Unidentified vandals have painted swastikas on a monument to a prominent Yiddish author in the Ukrainian capital.

Moshe Reuven Azman, the chief rabbi of Ukraine, posted pictures Monday of the monument to Sholem Aleichem outside Kiev’s synagogue with big red swastikas spray-painted on it.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

In a tweet, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko denounced the anti-Semitic act as “disgusting, appalling and in need of prompt investigation.”

Israeli Ambassador Joel Lion tweeted that "Ukraine has to wake up,” urging authorities to track down the culprits, bring them to justice and also “educate against hatred."

Ukraine has seen numerous cases of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries and Holocaust memorials across the country. Hateful graffiti has also been painted on synagogues and Jewish institutions across the country.

According to a survey published Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic attitudes are most prevalent in Poland, South Africa, Ukraine and Hungary.

The country with views least hostile to Jews was Sweden, the survey of select countries found.

The ranking was based on responses to a series of questions concerning beliefs in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Eighteen countries outside the United States were included in this latest global survey by the U.S.-based anti-Semitism watchdog. The inaugural ADL anti-Semitism survey, which included 100 countries, was conducted in 2014. The latest version did not include Middle Eastern or North African countries.