A radical group S14 vandalise churches in Lviv by offensive inscriptions.

January 13, 2019 – The provocative inscriptions “Moscow Patriarchate get away from Lviv”, “MP-FSB1 ” (Moscow Patriarchate –  edit.), “S14″ appeared on two churches of Ukraine Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)2 in Lviv, according to the Information and Education Department of Ukranian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) referencing Vesti news agency. The fence and the gates of St George’s Cathedral and, in a similar fashion, the facade of St Prince Vladimir Church were smeared with above-mentioned inscriptions.

According to the news agency, the photos that recorded an act of desecration of the Orthodox temple were later published in social networks by representatives of the radical organization S14, who signed them: “The activists of S14 in Lviv reminded Kremlin agents they have no place in Lviv.”

Visual testimony:

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  1. The Official Website of Moscow Patriarchate – Nationalist radicals committed vandalism regarding two churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lviv (“Радикали-націоналісти вчинили акти вандалізму щодо двох храмів Української Православної Церкви у Львові”)
  2. The Official Website of Lviv Diocese, Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – Radicals from C14 staged a provocation against the churches of the Lviv diocese of the UOC (“Радикали з С14 влаштували провокацію проти храмів Львівської єпархії УПЦ”)
  3. The Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Have the radicals from C14 launched another provocative campaign against the UOC? (Радикали з С14 розпочали чергову провокаційну кампанію проти УПЦ?)
  4. Union of Orthodox Journalists –  “Get out of Lvov” – S14 radicals leave messages on UOC temples


Related Incidents:

Dec. 7, 2018 – Rivne Diocesan building vandalized following Ukrainian-Russian naval incident

Nov. 12, 2018 – Three ukrainian churches vandalized accused of being russian government agents

Feb. 3, 2018 –  Radicalists set on fire the church of the UOC of St. Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles

  1. FSB is the Russian Federal Security Bureau
  2. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous Orthodox Church with headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine. It is spiritually and canonically linked with the Russian Orthodox Church.
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