Friday, August 22, 2014


Ukraine

Kharkiv Mayor Returns Home After Postattack Treatment

Mayor of Ukraine's eastern city of Kharkiv, Hennadiy Kernes, who survived a shooting attack in April and sought treatment in Israel, has returned to his city on June 17.

Kernes, who is confined to a wheelchair, was emotionally greeted by thousands of his supporters at Kharkiv international airport.

Kernes' doctor Roman Barak, told his supporters that his patient will be able to move on his own legs in two months.   

An unknown attacker shot Kernes while he was jogging in late April. He was operated on in a Kharkiv clinic and put into a medically induced coma.

Kernes was taken to a hospital in Haifa, Israel, on April 29, where he underwent two more operations.

Kernes first held a pro-Russian stance but later changed to position himself as largely loyal to the pro-Western government in Kyiv.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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