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9 arrested for shooting Jewish mayor of Kharkiv in Ukraine

By Mason White 2:50 PM June 5, 2014
Gennady Kernes 

By: Anika Rao
Nine people were arrested on charges of assault in connection with the assassination attempt of a Jewish mayor in Ukraine, police in Ukraine said.

Police said that the nine suspects are part of gang that is responsible for several violent attacks across the country including the shooting of Kharkiv Mayor Gennady Kernes.

“Police in Kharkiv and Kiev, arrested the nine members suspected of murdering a business person and physician. The detainees are also suspected of being involved in the murder attempt of Gennady Kernes,” Anatoly Dmitriev, chief of police in the Kharkiv region, said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Dmitriev said that the detainees planned the assassination of senior officials of agencies responsible for enforcing the law. Gennady Kernes was shot as he was doing his morning exercise. He is currently recovering at an Israeli hospital.

As we reported earlier, the Jewish mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine, is fighting for his life after being shot in an unprovoked attack. Police said that the incident occurred on Monday.

The unidentified gunmen shot him in the back as he went swimming.

Gennady Kernes, 54, underwent emergency surgery at a hospital, his office said in a statement. “Doctors are fighting to save his life,” Kernes’ spokeswoman Tatiana Gruzinsyaka said.

Before the recent unrest in Ukraine, Kernes had supported closer relations with Moscow. However, since the change of government in Kiev, Kernes had become more patriotic. The mayor recently stated that Kharkiv should remain part of Ukraine.