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Ukrainian Teens Arrested For Damaging Holocaust Memorial

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The damaged Holocaust memorial in Rivne

The damaged Holocaust memorial in Rivne

RIVNE, Ukraine -- Officials in Ukraine's northwestern city of Rivne said that three young men were arrested for vandalizing a memorial to Holocaust victims in the city.

The memorial to 17,500 Jewish citizens of Rivne murdered during the Nazi occupation in the 1940s was severely damaged on June 5 by vandals, who destroyed the tiles on the complex and arranged the broken tiles to make up vulgar and insulting words.

The arrested teenagers, who were between 17 and 19 years old, have been charged with hooliganism.

They face up to four years in jail if found guilty.

Rivne's Jewish community is expecting a delegation from Israel on June 13.
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