In 2017, 19 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate were attacked by radicals, and from the beginning of 2018 four more new attacks were committed. This was reported by the communication service of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.
"In various regions of Ukraine, unlawful actions against the parishes of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church continue. The beginning of 2018 was marked by a number of insults by nationalists, including an attempt to block the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, as well as repeated acts of vandalism against Orthodox churches," the statement states.
In particular, since the beginning of 2018, including the incident at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, four attacks on churches were committed, the communication service noted.
"In Kiev, on the night of January 12, unidentified persons robbed and desecrated the church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God at the National Scientific Center for Radiation Medicine, they took valuable things and threw holy gifts prepared for the sacrament on the floor. On the night of January 10, the Pokrovsky Temple was attacked by vandals in the city of Chernomorsk in the Odessa region. Attackers damaged a significant part of the temple utensils, cracked the altar doors, stole the donations of parishioners, and when they left, they showered all the rooms with powder from fire extinguishers," The Apostles of the Church state.
According to the information of the press service of the Odessa diocese, on January 9, in the center of Odessa "a group of aggressive representatives of radical nationalist organizations began to glue the doors and walls of Orthodox churches with stickers containing disinformation and insults against the clergy of the canonical Church. The actions of the hooligans were stopped with the support of the parishioners."
"Followers regarded this action as an insult to the paternal faith, committed with a special sacrilege in the days of Christmas-tide," the communication service says.
"In 2017, 19 cases of desecration and robbery of temples were recorded in the country, but none of these crimes have been solved yet, and the perpetrators have not been punished," the document says.
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