Police arrest Ukrainian nationalist who vandalized UOC cathedral in Ternopil

Ternopil, Ukraine, May 11, 2020

Photo: tp.npu.gov.ua Photo: tp.npu.gov.ua     

Early in the morning on May 9, Victory Day, Police officers detained a 26-year-old resident of Ternopil who painted Ukrainian nationalist slogans on the city’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s cathedral in the night of May 8-9.

The young man was detained in Ternopil’s Old Park around 3:00 AM for vandalizing the Cathedra of Sts. Sophia, Faith, Hope, and Love and the Eternal Flame memorial complex dedicated to those who gave their lives in the Second World War, reports the site of the National Police in the Ternopil Province.

In the morning, when people gathered for worship, they found radical nationalist graffiti on the cathedral: “The blood of Ukraine is on your hands, agents of the Kremlin,” “separatists,” “agents of the Kremlin.”

Photo: news.church.ua Photo: news.church.ua     

“This is how we were greeted on Victory Day,” commented Archpriest Stephen Balan, the Secretary of the Ternopil Diocese.

The young man, who was in company of 5 other young men, was caught with a 5-liter bucket of red paint in his hands. The detainee does not work or study anywhere. Police immediately drew up reports under 3 articles of the code of administrative offenses: misdemeanor hooliganism, vandalism, and violation of quarantine.

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Lin ZhiXing(China)5/12/2020 9:58 am
Why don't these separatists focus on missionizing? I think we should make a clear distinction between these who have accepted Jesus Christ as God and Saviour, and those who have not.It is legitimate Christian missionary work to bring those who have not accepted Christ to accept Him. But it is an entirely mistake to attack or vandalize the churches and monasteries of those who already call on the name of Christ! We can pray for these sinner,may Lord Jesus Christ forgive them cause they have no idea what they are doing.
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