Ukrainian Military freed captured their priest and a nun of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, said the press Secretary of the Donetsk diocese of the UOC-MP Georgy Gulyaev.
"Three people, seized on Ukrainian checkpoint, released two - mother Barbara and the priest Leonid. To him at the police Department claims no ", - quotes the expression of the messenger diocese of Donetsk news Agency.
first Ukrainian border guards busted at a checkpoint in the Donetsk region Ukrainian citizen suspected of belonging To illegal armed groups, he was a priest of the UOC-MP.
in the UOC-MP before many times has reported instances of harassment of priests and grabs the Orthodox churches in Ukraine representatives of the schismatic "Kiev Patriarchate" and armed nationalist groups, as well As among them extremist militants " Right sector ". Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov also said Fins news that priests and believers are in the East of Ukraine intimidation and bullying from Ukrainian nationalists, Orthodox churches and monasteries destroyed in the process unleashed by the Kiev military action.
So, at the end of last year had been seized immediately with 2 churches of the diocese of Rivne, one Of them rushed the extremist militants " Right sector ". And on Holy ground-Iversky women's monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the early winter stormed 10 armed men on a military truck, which was presented by fighters of National guard of Ukraine. Security forces locked nuns and the watchman in the building of the monastery, previously taking away the keys, passports and phones, and, having shot a watchdog, robbed diocesan residence: they were stolen valuables, icons, office equipment, kitchen crockery, items, Cutlery items and much more.
Metropolitan Mitrofan of Lugansk and Alchevsk sent to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe a letter, asking them to respond to attacks on the temples of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.