Ivano-Frankivsk mayor Ruslan Martsinkiv ordered to get Romani people out of the city and transfer them to the Transcarpathian region. 10 representatives of the national minority were taken from the city, 12 people refused to go.
U.S. Embassy in Ukraine expressed its concern about potential discrimination via Twitter.
“We are deeply concerned about reports of discrimination and harassment of Roma individuals by the mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk city. We urge Ukrainian officials to speak out against intolerance and to ensure the protection of human rights,” the message reads.
As we reported earlier, in February, the EU urged Ukraine to combat extremism and its manifestations.
"The EU rejects and condemns all forms and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, and xenophobia directed against a person defined by reference to race, color, religion, descent, or national or ethnic origin. The EU is aware of the alleged ties of the C14 group to far-right movements (...) The EU follows closely the developments in Ukraine, including the legislative steps that may impact on democracy, human rights and the rule of law and is consistently encouraging Ukraine, as well as all its partners, to continue efforts to fight any incidents of violent extremism," the statement said.