"Anti-Semitic vandals have desecrated the Menorah at Babyn Yar, the site where at the end of September 1941 the Nazis murdered over 33 thousand Jews. This latest of six vandal attacks on the Menorah was carried out between 2 and 3 a.m. on Sunday night, the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year," according to the Kharkiv Human Rights Protections Group statement.
The unknown put tyres around the Menorah, poured an inflammatory liquid over them and set them alight. The flames were noticed and put out by the guard watching over the Ukrainian Orthodox Church nearby.
The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress stated that August 27 the Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust in Melitopol (Zaporizhya oblast) was desacred with the same method. It was the second of two acts of vandalism during the summer, much more serious than the first one. September 6, as well as twice in January and in June a swastika appeared on one of the memorial stones near Menorah. At the beginning of July, the vandals sprayed the Memorial with unknown liquid.
The Monitoring Group on the Rights of National Minorities reported an increase in racially motivated vandalism in 2014, and it seems unlikely that the statistics will improve this year.