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Schismatics' effort to seize an Orthodox church in Ukraine turns out into heated confrontation

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2005.10.31 Interfax: 31 October 2005, 12:29 Schismatics effort to seize an Orthodox church in Ukraine turns out into heated confrontation Moscow, October 31,
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      2005.10.31 Interfax:
      31 October 2005, 12:29

      Schismatics' effort to seize an Orthodox church in Ukraine turns out into
      heated confrontation

      Moscow, October 31, Interfax - Followers of the self-proclaimed Kievan
      Patriarchate made another try to seize the Church of the Ascension in the
      Ostrog fortress thus bringing about a heated religious conflict in the town
      of Ostrog, Rovno region, Ukraine.

      The state of emergency is introduced in the city, Alexei Dobychin, deputy
      chairman of the Ukrainian Union of Orthodox Citizens reported Interfax by
      telephone Saturday.

      According to him, several hundred representatives of Orthodox public
      organizations have arrived to the scene of action today.

      'The time, when the Orthodox retreated, has gone forever. We are not afraid
      to come to Western Ukraine to defend our shrines. Those behind religious
      and political terror should tremble as their time is over and they will be
      punished. We shall return the churches to the canonical Church whether they
      like it or not', Dobychin quotes Valery Kaurov, head of the Ukrainian Union
      of Orthodox Citizens, as saying at the meeting.

      The participants raised their voice against religious terror of the
      Orthodox population, attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to establish
      independent Ukrainian Church, and 'gross violations of church law'
      committed by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

      'Bishop Bartholomew of Phanar (Phanar is a small district in Istanbul where
      the Patriarch of Constantinople resides - IF), who pretends to be an
      ecumenical pope, has defamed himself forever by supporting schismatic
      groups that capture Orthodox churches and beat women', Dobychin says.

      Ukrainian Supreme Rada deputies announced at the meeting that a special
      commission to investigate into all violations against Orthodox faithful
      would be organized. On the results of its work they will ask Viktor
      Yushchenko to discharge Vasily Chervony from the post of Rovno governor as
      'a instigator of inter-confessional discord'.

      According to Dobychin, 'critical religious situation is aggravated by using
      tear gas when storming Orthodox churches and beating people with scrap iron
      thus causing arm and leg fractures'.
      Ex-candidate to Ukrainian presidency Viktor Yanukovich earlier demanded
      that Yushchenko should defend believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in
      Rovno region from the head of local administration.
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