(JTA) — A memorial to Jews murdered during the Holocaust near Kharkiv was damaged by Russian shelling Saturday, according to Ukraine’s government.
Photos from the site showed the memorial’s 9-foot-tall menorah with damaged branches. The memorial is a visual echo of one at Babyn Yar, the site of a massacre of Jews near Kyiv, that Ukrainian leaders said was damaged in a strike in the war’s early days.
Beginning with Babyn Yar, Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly invoked the Holocaust in seeking to galvanize support in their war against Russia. That happened again after the bombing at Drobitsky Yar, where 15,000 to 20,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis in December 1941.