Rivne Diocesan building vandalized following Ukrainian-Russian naval incident

November 27, 2018. The diocesan administration building of the Rivne Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was vandalized last night, with provocative slogans being painted on the walls, reports the diocesan website.

The Rivne Diocese is among those that have officially expressed their support for the canonical Ukrainian Church and its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine during the ongoing ecclesiastical crisis.

Unknown perpetrators painted “FSB agents the blood of our sailors is on your hands” in reference to the recent naval incident between Ukraine and Russia. They also poured paint near the entrance to the building.

Three Ukrainian naval vessels were seized by Russian sailors in a confrontation off the Crimean Peninsula yesterday morning, with a number of Ukrainian sailors reportedly being injured. Each country blames the other.

The painted slogan is curious given that no Ukrainian sailors died in the confrontation.

Photo document from the Rivne.church.ua

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