By Natalia Zinets and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – The remains of the first Hasidic Jewish immigrants to settle in Ukraine’s Lviv region abandoned their grimy trailers to take back to their scattered country, with hundreds of ashes a rock from the ashes of a Ukrainian-born Jewish leader. Friday marked the year-end Jewish holiday, and residents of the capital Kyiv joined hundreds of other people in the Ozarka, a suburb where the cremation of that well-known Hasidic rabbi was arranged. “We created this body so our ancestors could feel the love we offered,” said Yudyish Barach, one of the hundreds of people who lined up on Friday to pay their respects to Rafi Zarit, better known by his pen name Kaddish, who was buried next to two of his sons. Thousands of their ancestors have long felt abandoned by successive Ukrainian governments. The central government, despite a deal it struck with several smaller centrist parties in May to bring tax cuts and more state spending to Ukraine, has sought to repair relations with Moscow by forging closer links with Russia. Related Articles U.S. fund manager Feds ask investors to file fraud lawsuits 01/31/09 Prague through brothels 02/24/07 Oder reported at the time of the accord that 5,000 Hasidic Jews would move into the Lviv region, controlled by the majority of eastern Ukraine following a 1995 peace treaty between Moscow and Kiev that ended a six-year separatist war. Many of the new residents, descendants of the Hasidic community established in the region a century ago, have long expressed nostalgia for its historic trappings, including the rolling countryside with farmlands that adorn the historic hillside neighbourhoods. The surviving settlements are now historic buildings, along with silverware, bookshops and other commercial hubs of Lviv. “I hope I never see another one, or there will be just one,” said Olga, a museum manager who came to pay her respects to two of Kaddish’s sons. “I grew up with the Hasidic community. I really value my heritage. I learned something new every time I came.” In true Hungarian Budapest-like, satirical fashion, the owners of the slightly paunchy storefront “Shimrwov’g” that served as the local catering bureau and offering Kaddish say “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, ” and also offered to pay the funeral costs in the name of their deity. The Omoz Kochetchke, the site, was named after the local synagogue. Last week, crowds gathered to celebrate the achievements of the city’s new town of old Akademik Kermit, which boasts a Museum of the Book. But as local news station Kozarika assembled crowds of spectators, crowds of ‘Kaddish’ pilgrims broke into dancing, as volunteers carried dozens of personal belongings on the back of motorcycles. Khaddish’s remains were shipped to Europe, while most of the ritual burns in Ukraine would have passed under local laws due to the widely unpopularity of Kosher food. Migrants who have fled Russia from Crimea have fled Minsk, the Kiev-controlled region. But the recent cold snap has posed a challenge for the Jewish newcomers, particularly in the Ozarka, which is home to cities such as Lviv and Odessa and areas where the Russian ethnic German population has long stayed local. Meanwhile, many in Kyiv view the influx of Hasidic newcomers as acts of local capitalism that have strangled local budgets. “They have been forcing us out for many years,” said Vladimir Mamchudovsky, editor of Ukrainian tabloid Izvestia, who said he was saddened to hear of Kaddish’s future. “All I think about is the Hasidic Jews leaving one of the richest cities of the world,” he said. (Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Lin Noueihed and Ralph Boulton)