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Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: June 23, 2014 01:52
Kiev, June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Kiev, June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Ukraine nationalists have clashed with police outside the citadel of the Orthodox Church in Kiev, the Pechersk Lavra, as the churchgoers and monks were about to hold a peace service praying for an end to violence in Ukraine.

According to various media reports up to 500 ultra-nationalists, representing the Right Sector and Ukraine's Patriots neo-nazi movements, clashed with around 100 policemen in an attempt to disrupt the Procession of the Cross at one of the centers of the Eastern Orthodox monasticism in Eastern Europe.

The procession was supposed to start at noon local time in the Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and end up at the monument of the Unknown Soldier. Participants in the rally, mostly elderly, oppose Kiev's military operation in the Donetsk region.

Ultra-nationalists claimed that “separatists” were planning to use the event as a chance to gather and form a “Kiev's People Republic” and used a “few dozen grandmas” to disguise their plan.

After the armed ultra-nationalist crowd arrived at the gates of the convent, the Lavra was forced to shut fearing clashes.

“After the crowd of activists with baseball bats and hammers, some wearing bulletproof vests arrived at the Lavra, the entrance and exit to the shrine was closed. According to law enforcement, this was done to avoid clashes,” spokesman for Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Fr. Georgiy Kovalenko shared his account of the events surrounding the procession service on his Facebook page.

The clergy asked the angry mob – some of whom claimed they came to the monastery “to pray” – to lay down their arms. But when asked to cite a prayer, according to Kovalenko, they could not remember a single one.

Around 250 people, some wearing St. George’s ribbons, were forced to seek shelter and hold the procession inside the walls of the monastery, while around 100 law enforcement officers secured the premises. It is still unclear how many people were injured in the clashes outside the walls of the monastery.

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Kiev Pechersk Lavra issued a statement after the incident saying that according to Appeal Holy Synod, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church “as always calls on all parties to the peaceful resolution of conflicts and enhanced prayer.” It reminded that the monastic life should not be disturbed or used for political purposes.

Policemen guard the entrance of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian complex of monasteries and cathedrals in Kiev, to prevent storming by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

After the raid on the monastery around 60 nationalist activists staged a rally at the Russian embassy in Kiev, Russia's Press Atache Oleg Grishin said.

“The gathered are behaving aggressively. They are trying to break through the cordon of the consulate building, stoning representatives Ukrainian law enforcement agencies,” RBK quoted Grishin. “The situation is tense,” the diplomat added. No one was detained at the rally that lasted around two hours.

Activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups sing the anthem as policemen guardthe entrance of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian complex of monasteries and cathedrals in Kiev, to prevent storming by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Also on Sunday, the nationalists vandalized a Kiev branch of Russia’s Sberbank pelting cobble stones and throwing firecrackers inside.

Policemen guard the Sberbank of Russia building after it was attacked with stones by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups in Kiev on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Ukrainian policemen guard the entrance of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian complex of monasteries and cathedrals in Kiev, to prevent storming by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

Activists of pro-Ukrainian radical group wave a Ukrainian national flag during a rally outside the Consulate department of Russian embassy in Kiev June 22, 2014. (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

People with their faces covered take part in a pro-Ukrainian anti-separatist rally near Kiev Pechersk Lavra, in Kiev June 22, 2014. (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Activists of pro-Ukrainian radical youth group pose in a front of riot police outside Consulate department of Russian embassy in Kiev June 22, 2014. (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko)

Comments (122)

 

Cobalt 25.06.2014 02:15

Bible states that Antichrist (Hitler's fascists?) after ruling for 3.5 years will come back to rule once again for another 3.5 years. Can it be Ukraine Nazi resurrection?

 

Xander Hun 23.06.2014 17:37


I think, the ultra nationalist elements are only a minority. Maybe the good ordinary people are sleeping yet, but they will be enlighted about the real background of this whole scenario.

Maybe they are believing yet this anti-russian narrative, but soon they will have ENOUGH from this overt destruction of life, values, humanity, and they will feel ashamed and very angry toward the forces causing this tragic chaos.

So very soon the target will be not Russia, but the sponsors of this war against humanity.

 

Xander Hun 23.06.2014 17:37

BUT:
Have you seen the scene from 0:17" to 0:31"?

There IS solidarity in some ukrainien people. On this scene the young people defended with their body the troubled policeman, and saved his life from the hatefool mob.

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