Wounded Ukrainian Mayor Flown to Israel

Ukraine authorities asked Israeli doctors to assist in treating critically injured mayor of Kharkiv.

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Gennady (Moshe) Kernes
Gennady (Moshe) Kernes

Gennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv in the Ukraine who was critically injured Monday, has been flown to Israel for medical treatment, reports Arutz Sheva's Ian Gold.

Gold reports from Kharkiv that Ukrainian authorities asked Israel to assist in treating Kernes, who was shot in the back by unknown assailants while on a morning jog. The authorities reportedly believe that Israeli doctors have more experience than Ukrainian ones in treating gunshot injuries of the type Kernes has suffered.

The fact that Kernes is Jewish may have factored into the decision as well.

The investigation into the attack indicates thus far that the mayor was shot by a “skilled” assassin who possessed an accurate weapon. An unexploded hand grenade was also found near the scene of the crime.

Kernes was injured in the lungs, stomach, liver and spine, and doctors are fighting for his life.

The rabbi of Kharkiv, Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz, told Arutz Sheva that the mayor is "a very dear Jew, with a warm and loving connection to the community, and we are shocked by the assassination.”

"We are praying for his health," he said, and urged those who wish to pray for him to mention "Moshe son of Hana.”