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Sees No Need for Defense Gorps in Ukraine

February 5, 1923
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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (J.C.B.) will be glad to answer inquiries for further information about any of the news items contained in this Bulletin.

Further investigations by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent with reference to the reports that Jews in the Ukraine maintain a large self-defense army discloses that while remnants of an independent self-defense army still exist they are numerically insignificant, conditions in the Ukraine having improved to the extent that there is no need for special Jewish self-defense.

A general “samoborona” (self-defense corp) exists as a quasi-government institution with a membership recruited from all classes and parties, registered in many towns, and given arms to aid the military if the need arises.

For the rest, the Soviets have a large Red Army force in the Ukraine, first because of the danger from the Polish – Ukrain ian frontier, and secondly, because of banditism which crops up, despite all efforts to suppress it.

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