About 250 thousand people participated in the procession in Kiev

© REUTERS / Valentyn Adherently move for case 1030-anniversary of the Baptism of Rus in Kiev. July 27, 2018<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/07/5f1b34f07a916b8046e3cb0fd8c7ad65.jpg" alt="About 250 thousand people participated in the procession in Kiev” />© REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko

About 250 thousand believers participated in the procession in the center of Kiev on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus, reported on the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. At the same time, the Ukrainian police have counted about 20 thousand participants.

«Despite the obstacles that is large was provided by the officials and carriers to the faithful of the UOC, according to official estimates, in celebration 1030-year anniversary of the baptism of Rus involved 250 thousand faithful from all the dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and pilgrims from abroad,» — said in a statement on the website of the UOC.

The Deputy head of the Ministry of internal Affairs of Ukraine Sergey Spring stated that in the procession have taken part about 20 thousand people.

«According to our estimates, up to 20 thousand citizens took part», — said Spring at a briefing to journalists after the procession, which was broadcast Affairs of Ukraine in Facebook.

However, he noted that three people were detained and delivered in departments of police.

According to Spring, the event passed off peacefully, the participants prohibited items are not found.

A procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus took place on Friday in the center of Kiev. Led by the clergy people were from St. Vladimir’s hill through the streets of three saints, Hrushevskoho and Ivan Mazepa to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The marchers went to the monastery, where he began a Church service. It is also planned that in the monastery will host all-night vigil.

The feast of the Baptism of Russia is celebrated day of memory of Holy Prince Vladimir (July 28), whereby in 988 ancient Rus adopted Christianity.

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