Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones met with seven Slavic community leaders Thursday morning to address growing tensions between local Ukrainian and Russian immigrants over Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
The region is home to upwards of 100,000 Slavic refugees and their children, the largest concentration in the nation, said Yuriy Korotkov, an immigrant from Moscow who’s editor of Diaspora, a Russian language newspaper.
“There are no physical fights yet, but verbal fights are going on everywhere – in churches, in families, in body shops and on the streets,” Korotkov said. “Some Ukrainian people are upset but personally, I am not guilty, Putin is guilty – he invaded Crimea. I am not Putin, I don’t know what’s going on.”
Jones said he wanted to let the community know that so far there have not been any violent altercations that have required law enforcement intervention. “As this escalates, there will probably be violence around the United States between Ukrainians and Russians – I just don’t want it to be here,” Jones said.
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