Arson at Orthodox monastery in northwestern Ukraine

Verbka, Volyn Province, Ukraine, April 16, 2024

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Two buildings at a monastery of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church were set ablaze yesterday, April 14.

The incident occurred at the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Monastery in the village of Verbka, Volyn Province. Around lunchtime, two monastery buildings were broken into and set on fire, reports the Diocese of Vladimir and Volyn.

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One of the utility buildings burned out completely, while the building where the house church and refectory are located was partially damaged. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within an hour.

The arson was committed after the end of the Sunday Divine Liturgy. Windows broken from the outside can be seen on the ruins of the monastic buildings.

The abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Varlaam (Boichuk), said that, as always, he inspected all the monastery premises after the service, and found nothing that could have caused an accidental fire.

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