Radical Ukrainian Nationalist Calls for Attacks on Russian Churches in Ukraine

“The time has come for the Ukrainians to strike again [...] the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate", said the radical Vasily Labaychuk.

Originally appeared at: Union of Orthodox Journalists

The radical Vasily Labaychuk, who personally participated in the violent seizures of the UOC temples, wrote down an appeal to his fellow thinkers.

The time has come to launch more attacks on the Moscow Church, said one of the Right Sector leaders, Vasily Labaychuk, known as Krivonos. The radical's call was published on his YouTube channel.

“The time has come for the Ukrainians to strike again at the Moscow fifth column, at their agents, and particularly, which is painful for them, at the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate and at their financial and economic efforts. <...> therefore, we are fighting, and we will definitely win, and our nation will defeat all this Moscow scum," the radical addressed his fellow thinkers.

Let us remind you that Labaychuk personally took part in the seizure of temples of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. So, back in 2015, he was one of the leaders of the attack on the temple in Katerynivka, as a result of which a lot of parishioners were seriously injured.

In the video below one can watch the representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate, together with the radicals of the Right Sector, with the help of local authorities, seized the Orthodox Church of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious in the village of Katerynivka, Ternopil region. The faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church defended their shrine peacefully, the invaders acted aggressively, using clubs and tear gas. People, defending their holy temple, received a concussion, fractures of limbs and ribs. About 20 people were injured, among them were teenagers, seminarians from Pochaiv. As a result, the temple was taken away with blood.

In the following video, the Kyiv Patriarchate (now the OCU) took away two temples one after the other: first, in 2014 in Butyn, and then, in 2017 – in Kinakhivtsy, where the members of the affected community from Butyn would also come to pray. The supporters of the UOC-KP and the nationalists of the Right Sector, who participated in the seizures, showed no mercy to anyone: when the believers were driven out of the churches, the priests and even the elderly female parishioners were hit and injured.

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