Moscow, September 22, 2015
About fifteen people were traumatized, one person was hospitalized with severe injures, and others suffered broken limbs while schismatics, with the support of Right Sector militants, were seizing a church under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, as reported on the UOC website.
The incident occurred on the eve of the canonical Church's celebration of the Nativity of the Mother of God near the St. George church in the village of Katerinovka in the Ternopol Region. The Liturgy was celebrated in the open air as followers of the self-proclaimed "Kiev Patriarchate" had earlier barricaded the church.
"The latter, swearing and pushing, tried to chase away old people and children who prayed at the churchyard. Later, about 3 p.m., unidentified people penetrated into the church through the side door and broke open the central doors, then representatives of the 'Kiev Patriarchate' came into the church. The UOC believers could not enter the church as men with stripes of the Right Sector blocked their way. Local divisions of the Interior Ministry watched the developments," the message reads.
When representatives of the community asked for entrance into the church in order to take the holy things from it, militants of the Ternopol-2 battalion of the Interior Ministry began severely beating the believers of the Moscow Patriarchate, the UOC reports.