U.S. intervention prevented building on the site of an old Jewish cemetery in Ukraine.
Authorities in Vinnitza, 160 miles from Kiev, had allowed the SMU-2 Ltd. construction firm to erect two high-rise buildings on the site.
U.S. officials on Thursday told JTA that the embassy intervened and the work order was stopped.
A local rabbi earlier told JTA that representatives of the local Jewish community planned to express their concern in a letter to city and national leaders.
Igor Kulyavtzev, the acting chair of the Vinnitza Jewish community, said workers building a Christian chapel recently near the cemetery site dismantled several tombstones. City residents reportedly used some of the stones for their own needs.