Ukrainian police has suspected two Israeli teenagers of intentionally damaging a Jesus Christ statue in Uman, the Cherkassy Region.
"The lawbreakers were three individuals including two blood brothers who
are citizens of Israel. The identity of the third one has yet to be
established," the National Police press service in the Cherkassy Region
said in a release on Tuesday.
The suspects are 16 and 18 years old, it said. "The brothers have been
warned about the suspicion of such a criminal offence as the 'violation
of equality of citizens based on their race, nationality or religious
views' under the Ukrainian Criminal Code," it said.
"The preventive measure is being considered now. The punishment in the
form of imprisonment for up to eight years is stipulated for such
actions," it said.
The plaster statue of Jesus Christ on the Cross situated in a public
place near the pond in Uman was damaged on the New Years' Eve.