"People attacked on racial grounds do not report the incidents to the police,” said Alexander Feldman, president of the Association of National and Cultural Unions of Ukraine. Even when they do, Feldman said, police often “fail to classify such attacks as racially motivated and often write them off as domestic offence or hooliganism.”
And so foreigners and migrants – especially non-white ones – are on alert. And that means thousands of people who don’t feel as safe in Ukraine as they should.
In January, some 2,407 migrants came to Ukraine, according to the State Statistics Committee. There are also some 44,082 foreign students in Ukraine today. Foreign students of African or Asian origin are the most common targets of xenophobic attacks and abuse in Ukraine.