Arson attack on an Orthodox church in Kiev

January 21, 2015. An attempt to set fire in the church dedicated to the icon of Mother of God called “Joy of All Who Sorrow” of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarcate) took place in the National historical memorial reserve “Babi Yar” in Shevchenko district of Kiev, as reports UNIAN-Religion.

The rector of the damaged church archpriest Sergei Temnik said that attackers had thrown six petrol bombs, hopefuly only three of them had egnited. The altar side of the church was damaged by fire.

In the morning watchman heard a loud explosion and immediately called the police. He saw three men walking near the church who left the place. The watchman stopped the fire with an extinguisher. 5 minutes later the police arrived and investigation was launched. The attackers were aiming to set the fire to the wooden construction under the roof – said the rector. According to father Sergius, a wall of the refectory of the church was also sprinkled with petrol.

“The attackers left evidence of their criminal actions that was found by the police. The size of the material damage is to be established,” – said archpriest S.Temnik.

Previously, the alike inciddent took place in the same church on the 3rd of December, 2014.

Photo documents from personal archive of archpriest Sergei Temnik