Kulchin, Ukraine, February 13, 2019
Activists from the Ukrainian schismatic church attacked and dismantled the doors on the Church of St. George in the village of Kulchin in the Volyn Province of Ukraine yesterday, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
This is just the latest in a long string of attacks in recent years, which have markedly increased in frequency since the Patriarchate of Constantinople legalized schismatic groups in Ukraine and gave them a tomos of autocephaly.
The destruction of sacred property was caught on video and posted online by the Secretary of the Volyn Diocese Archpriest Oleg Toczynski, who noted that the men attacked the church after the parish community recently voted to remain faithful to Christ in the canonical Church and to its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.
“In the video, the supporters of the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’ dismantle the doors of the local Church of St. George of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, having previously broken the seal that the police wanted to use to protect the building from such actions and to translate the conflict onto the legal plane,” Fr. Oleg explains.
“Constantinople, look!” Fr. Oleg writes.
The Church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in the village of Sadov and the Church of the Dormition, both also in the Volyn Province, were also broken into by schismatics earlier in the month, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
Two churches in Zaporozhye were recently vandalized with Nazi symbols, a church in the Nikolaev Province was set on fire, and schismatic-nationalists and local police recently seized a church and beat the priest in the Ternopil Provice.
These are just a few of the recent stories that have become commonplace in Constantinople’s post-tomos Ukraine.
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