In the Russian Orthodox Church is seriously concerned about the new grips Orthodox churches in Ukraine, said the head of the Synodal information Department Vladimir Legoyda.
"for the time elapsed since the beginning of the civil confrontation in Ukraine, tens of commissioners of the clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been attacked, most of the dozens of churches have been captured or burned. For the part of clergy abuse which manifested towards him from the attackers, had a disastrous effect ", – the news Agency the words of the head of the Synodal information Department.
in his vision, the last case – " capture cardinal forces of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Small village of Dmitrovichi Obukhov district, Kyiv region, stands out even from that sad of a number of incidents involving attacks commissioners radical and schismatic groups in the temples of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church "." The attackers seized St. Vladimir's temple, interrupting running services ", – Legoyda said. According to the messenger of the Church, " this is a worrying development unwitting way, evoke the picture heavy attacks against Orthodox priests in the 20 - 30-ies of the previous century."" Of serious concern is and inaction of the police organisation, designed to stand on guard of the law, but allowing absolutely illegal actions thugs radical nationalist movements and schismatic groups ", – he finished. Again, the attacks on the Orthodox clergy in Ukraine for the last period of time there are more and more often. At the end of July in Kyiv was found murdered nun Florovsky monastery of the Moscow Patriarchate. Her body found in the apartment with his hands tied. At the same time at the age of 40 years died a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Roman Nikolaev, who on the night of July 26, was assassinated in Kiev. May 25, alleged that the attackers set fire to a hospital Church of St. Panteleimon in the Ukrainian city of Kovel in Volyn region. On 28 April, the deputies of the Ternopil regional Council appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with the petition to take away from the Pochaev Lavra cathedrals, the bell tower and cloisters, where the monks live, and to give to the jurisdiction of the Kremenets-Pochaev state historical-architectural reserve. Eleven February hooligans got on the platform of the centenary of St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the village Demidovka Rivne region of Ukraine and ransacked. On January 28 it was declared about the robbery of a men's monastery in the village Hawtin Rivne oblast in Western Ukraine. January 27 – of arson Of a wooden Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. At the end of December of last year the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate announced the capture of the 2 churches of the diocese of Rivne, where entrenched, According to clerics, fighters of " Right sector* ". Some strong young men Then cut the door locks and broke into the Church. We will add that on 10 February, the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Mitrofan of Lugansk gave to the Council of Europe information About power grabs and attacks on Orthodox churches and tried to convince the international Commonwealth to protect the rights of believers in Ukraine. On February 27, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Gennady Gatilov said that in the process unleashed by the Kiev military actions in Eastern Ukraine destroyed Orthodox churches and monasteries, the believers have been harassed and bullied by Ukrainian nationalists. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that attacks on religious shrines in Ukraine happen with the connivance of Kiev. The Holy Synod of the UOC in the early winter of last year addressed to the President of the country Petro Poroshenko "in connection with the crisis in the Ukrainian society," noting that at the end of hostilities in the South-East of Ukraine destroyed or damaged nearly 90 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
* Organization, relative to which a court has adopted the legally effective conclusion Of destruction or prohibition of the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law "On countering extremist activity"