In Kiev, arrested a suspect in the attempted arson of St. Andrew’s Church

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Ukrainian police detained a suspect in the attempted arson of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, said Tuesday the head of the Kiev Directorate of the National police of Ukraine Andriy kryschenko.

Press Secretary of the Ukrainian non-canonical Church structures Eustratius Zorya reported that on 15 November in the morning unknown threw a Molotov cocktail at the door of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, no one was hurt. According to him, this allegedly involved «henchmen of Moscow». However, no evidence of this in Kiev is not provided. Representatives of the canonical UOC categorically rejected speculation about Moscow’s involvement in the arson, describing the action as a provocation and expressed concern that a provocation will be repeated. Police filed two criminal cases under articles «attempt at deliberate destruction or property damage» and «violation of equality of citizens depending on their race, national origin, religious belief, disability and other grounds», the identity of the attackers set.

«The police reviewed the video surveillance and carried out a complex quickly-search actions and found that the offense involved a 32-year-old local resident, earlier problems with the law did not. His house was seized clothes, gadgets and incendiary mixture. Today the man announced suspicion and in the near future the court will choose the measure of restraint», — quotes the words Krishchenko the press service of the Metropolitan police.

Earlier, after the decision of Constantinople to start granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, the permanent use of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev — the Orthodox Church in honour of St. Andrew, built in the Baroque style by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754, on St. Andrew’s hill. It is located on the right Bank of the Dnieper, above the historical part of Ukrainian capital — Hem. Until 2015 St. Andrew’s Church was subordinated to the Ukrainian non-canonical structure. Then the lease ended and the building started to reconstruct. Now the Church finds in the state.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

In Kiev, arrested a suspect in the attempted arson of St. Andrew’s Church© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in fotobanka in the Orthodox world: to be or not to be