Churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Moscow Patriarchate have been attacked 13 times over the past year, UOC Information and Education Department head Bishop Kliment of Irpin said.
"Only the UOC has been attacked, and the [Ukrainian] Interior Ministry
hasn't solved a single crime in this time. Even following a blatant
attack on the church in Baby Yar over the summer, when some thugs pelted
it with Molotov cocktails, the law enforcement closed the case citing
the absence of component elements of a crime, although there is even a
video online in which unidentified people attack the church and shout
nationalistic slogans," the website of the Ukrainian newspaper Vesti quoted Bishop Kliment as saying.
Some of the attacks took place in Kyiv, including those in which
unidentified people set fire to the churches in the Pushkin Park and
near the tuberculosis clinic.
Moreover, attackers threw Molotov
cocktails at the St. Peter Mogila church and tried to set fire to a
church on the grounds of a children's infection clinic, he said.
Since the start of hostilities in Ukraine, members of other Orthodox
denominations have occupied dozens of UOC churches, including with
support from radical nationalists and local authorities.
The UOC attributes the incidents to the Ukrainian leadership's desire to
set up a local Orthodox Church in Ukraine by separating the UOC from
the Moscow Patriarchate.