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KYIV, June 28. /TASS/. Unknown in the night of June 28, robbed the temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) in honor of Donskoi icon of the Mother of God, situated on the West cemetery in Odessa. On Thursday said the information and education Department of the UOC-MP.
“Breaking the window shutters and smashing a window, four criminals entered the temple and began to destroy everything inside. The intruders disabled the alarm and damaged the block with CCTV cameras scattered and smashed Church utensils. Then vandals began to break down the boxes, which were collected funds for the construction of the first Ukrainian Orthodox hospice for cancer patients “Veil”, – stated in the message .
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The attackers set fire to the temple of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev
Supporters of the Kyiv Patriarchate took over the temple of the UOC-MP in the Rivne region
The clergy also noted that on the territory of the Odessa diocese has already made more than 50 attacks on churches and none of the perpetrators were never found or punished.
After 2014, when the Ukraine was a coup, the country has escalated the confrontation between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarch and schismatics of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which is supported by radical nationalists. Attacks on representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, desecration of and attempts to destroy Moscow Patriarchate became more regular.
So, from the beginning of 2018 occurred more than ten such cases. From the actions of vandals damaged the churches in the Odessa, Sumy, Kirovohrad regions and in the Ukrainian capital.