Attackers Target Church in Ukraine amid Religious Split

The aerial photo of the thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, also known as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians taken through morning fog during a sunrise in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian Orthodox Church says unknown attackers hurled Molotov cocktails at the landmark St. Andrew’s Church in the capital Kiev and assaulted a priest.

The attack followed a move by the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew to pave the way for the independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine from the Russian branch of the church.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church spokesman Evstratiy Zorya said Thursday that unknown men threw Molotov cocktails at the church in the morning and attacked a priest with pepper spray.

The imminent creation of the new Ukrainian church has raised concerns of violence between backers and opponents of the church split.

Ukraine last week turned over St. Andrew’s Church for permanent use by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople whose leader is regarded as “first among equals” for Orthodox Christians.


  1. The article needs updating. The first among equals has made himself a schismatic in world Orthodoxy. Not one other local church stands with Black Bart. All he is left with are his thirty million pieces of silver.

    1. But I so enjoy seeing the holier-than-thou Russkies and their gangster patron Vlad squirm ! Forget all the theological squabbling that’s been going on from the beginning of the religion. Watch the Titans clash and root for the Underdog, the guy sitting in the Emerald City in the midst of the Religion of Peace.

    2. Now thats really funny! Islam – religion of peace. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! Almost as funny as thinking Bart didn’t get a $25,000,000 bribe to do what he is doing in Ukraine

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