The Jewish Agency has pledged immediate emergency assistance to the 200,00 strong Jewish community of Ukraine and help for securing their institutions, Chairman Natan Sharansky announced Monday. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) said that it is providing immediate assistance in areas of Kiev to ensure that elderly Jews and people with disabilities receive essential supplies at home. Most reside in Kiev along with communities in Odessa, Lvov and eastern Ukraine. A Ukraine opposition party leader Oleg Tyangnibok recently said that "Ukraine is controlled by a Russian-Jewish mafia.”