Yanukovych says no racism and xenophobia in Ukraine

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July 3, 2012, 6:37 p.m. |

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych

There is no racism or xenophobia in Ukraine and the conflicts that sometimes occur on ethnic grounds are of the local character, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.

"In our country, as well as in any other country in which many nationalities live, unfortunately, misunderstandings on ethnic grounds happen. Unlike in many other countries, manifestations of inter-ethnic and inter-religious hostility [in Ukraine] are of a local character and do not grow into conflicts," he said at the sitting of the public humanitarian council in Kyiv on Tuesday.

According to the president, holding of Euro 2012 in Ukraine showed that all attempts to discredit Ukraine to the world community failed.

The head of the state also noted that no case of conflict on inter-ethnic or inter-religious grounds was seen during Euro 2012.

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bkrevel July 3, 2012, 6:36 p.m.    

How about your sexist comment that women belong in the kitchen.......
and 'come to Ukraine......the girls take their clothes off in the spring....

You have indeed become a pathological liar........
And have lost touch with reality.......

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 4, 2012, 12:18 p.m.    

I have not personally witnessed any sign of racism or xenophobia in the Ukraine. I went to see a football match between Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk in Kiev a year ago. I was with my Ukrainian girl-friend (now my wife) and, although Shakhtar had a number of dark-skin players, there was no racist taunting in their direction or display of Nazi flags (like those in a photo recently published by KP showing local fans in Lviv.

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