President Volodymyr Zelensky lamented on Friday, Sep.23, the lack of aid from Israel during Russia’s war against his country, according to Kyiv Post.
The head of state, who is of Jewish origin, noted that at the same time Israel exports weapons to other countries.
“I’m shocked. I don’t understand. Israel gave us nothing, zero. I understand that they must protect their land, but I received information that Israel exports its weapons to other countries,” the Ukrainian president said.
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine urgently needs air defense systems.
“Why not give us air defense?”,- he asked.
The president noted that he does not blame Israel’s leaders butsimply statIng the facts. Zelensky is confident that the people of Israel support Ukraine.
At the same time, the Ukrainian leader presumes Israel might be influenced by Russia.
“There were discussions with the Israeli leadership, which did not help Ukraine. You can see the influence of Russia on Israel. I consider Israel as an independent state,” Zelensky added.
Observers have noted that Israel has been reluctant to sell advanced weapons to Kyiv because such deliveries might harm Jerusalem’s diplomatic relations with Moscow.
Despite tensions, Israel is trying to preserve its ties with Russia, particularly in light of Russia’s military presence in Syria, where the Israeli air force regularly strikes targets linked to Iran.
Close to one quarter of the 200 richest people in Russia are Jewish, according to a report by Russian banking website lanta.ru, which gives the 48 Jews on the list a combined net worth of $132.9 billion.
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The report also analyzed the nationality of each of the 200 billionaires, finding that just 89 – less than half – were ethnic Russians, even though they make up 81% percent of the population in Russia.
Of the 18 Jewish oligarchs identified as likely sanctions targets, 15 are now subject to them. Together, they are worth over $120 billion.
he wealthiest Ashkenazi is Mikhail Fridman, who has a net worth is $17.6 billion and is Russa’s second richest man. The least wealthy Ashkenazi billionaire on the list was not named, and his net worth stands at $0.4 billion.
Jewish Ashkenazis represent 21% of all the billionaires in Russia, even though they comprise only 0.11% of the population. The Ashkenazi billionaires include Viktor Vekselberg (net worth of $17.2 billion), Leonid Michelson (net worth of $15.6 billion), German Khan (net worth of $11.3 billion), Mikhail Prokhorov (net worth of $10.9 billion), and Roman Abramovich (net worth of $9.1 billion).
Six Kavkazi Jews appear on the list, with a combined net worth of $10.6 billion, and an average individual net worth of $1.8 billion. The richest Kavkazi Jew has a net worth of $3.6 billion, and the least wealthy $0.5 billion.
According to the Russian Bureau of Statistics, there are 762 Russian citizens classified as Kavkazi Jews and they represent 0.00035% percent of the population. Compared to the overall population, the Kavkazi Jews of Russia are the wealthiest ethnic group in the entire country.
The net worth of the remaining people on the list stands at $165 billion. The list is comprised of 24 Ukrainians, 8 Tatars, 7 Armenians, 3 of local origin, 3 from Ingushetia, 2 Uzbeks, and a handful of other nationalities.