Ukraine mayor undergoes two surgeries in Haifa

The Jewish mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city underwent a second surgery in Israel for a gunshot wound from a suspected assassination attempt.

Gennady Kernes, who heads the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, underwent surgery April 30 at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, according to hospital spokesman David Ratner. Ratner said that Kernes was in “serious” condition.

Kernes also underwent surgery April 29 at Rambam. He was flown to Israel that day after being shot in the neck April 28 during his routine morning jog. Ukrainian officials have opened an investigation into the shooting, according to Interfax Ukraine.

“Israeli doctors arrived [in Kharkiv], praised our doctors’ work and recommended he be transferred for treatment in Israel,” Kharkiv City Council member Yuri Sidorenko told Interfax Ukraine.” — jta