Unknown desecrated the temple of the UOC-MP in the West of Ukraine

© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Tinypirate in fotobanka Church. Archival photoUnknown desecrated the temple of the UOC-MP in the West of Ukraine© RIA Novosti / Andrey to Tinypirate the image Bank

The temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, was desecrated in Volyn region in the night of Friday, according to the website of the Volyn diocese.

«On the night of may 26, unidentified attackers broke into the Holy protection Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the village Pirvanche Gorokhovskiy district (Volyn oblast – ed.). Obviously, the criminals looking for Church cash, however, not found the money and decided to take revenge, defiling the temple. As it became known, the vandals turned the blessed sacrament on the throne, made the room a mess», — stated in the message.

As noted on the diocesan website, the site is the police on the details of the incident will be reported later.

Ukraine operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (the self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate), and also unrecognized by the world Orthodox of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). While the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on the harassment of the clergy and the seizure of Orthodox churches by representatives of the UOC-KP. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.

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