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U.S. ambassador suggests anti-Semitic leaflets designed to provoke violence in Ukraine

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Pro-Russian forces in Donetsk, Ukraine, have demanded that Jews register with the government they have set up there, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said, suggesting that the Russian forces want to provoke violence in the area.

"Everything that we are hearing suggests that this is the real deal and that it apparently is coming from somebody on the ground there among these radical groups, either to stir fear or to create a provocation justifying further violence," Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt told CNN's Jake Tapper.

"I would say also, I spoke today to somebody who is connected with groups on the ground in Mariupol and got a little bit of the same, just the sort of atmosphere of fear is one of the major narratives right now and that's something that obviously we are going to be watching closely over the next couple of days," Pyatt also said.

Ynetnews reported that pro-Russian forces distributed the leaflets to Jews near a synagogue on Passover eve. "The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deport[at]ion and see their assets confiscated," according to Ynetnews.

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