Ukrainian news media reported on Saturday that
a doctor and prominent member of the Jewish community in the city of Lviv in
western Ukraine was beaten to death near his home early on Friday
The victim was Dr. Leon Freifeld, the head of the orthopedic
department of a hospital in the city, who also served as a professor at the Lviv
According to one Ukrainian news source, the assailant
was a 26-year old foreign national who was under the influence of alcohol or
drugs, and viciously beat his victim.
The motives for the attack remain
unclear, although another Ukrainian news website reported that the attacked was
a former Arab student of Freifeld who had recently been expelled from the
institute where the professor taught.
The details could not be immediately confirmed.