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The UOC-MP said the beating by police of a priest

В УПЦ МП заявили об избиении полицией священникаThe UOC-MP state that the police took the side of supporters of the DNC.

UOC-MP claims about the beating of unknown men and the police, priest of the Holy Transfiguration Church of S. Hnizdychne Zbarazh district, Ternopil region.

According to the information and enlightenment Department of the UOC-MP, on Sunday at the temple there was a clash between supporters of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and representatives of the religious community of the UOC-MP.

“Especially at the hands of men of strong build with red and black stripes on the sleeves and the actual police injured the rector of the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archpriest Stefan Balan”, – stated in the message.

The UOC-MP claimed that on the morning before the service at the Church began to gather supporters of the DNC who “broke the divine Liturgy the faithful” of the UOC-MP.

“Representatives of the religious community of the UOC, knowing that the planned capture of the temple began on the stairs of the Church,” the message reads.

“The police started to take things into their own hands and went on the offensive. Quickly came the special unit of the police and began to beat us. The video of the whole thing. I was beaten, pushed believers. And then came some men in camouflage uniform with red and black stripes and we all began to scatter. I grabbed his head, broke his finger. After that, we called an ambulance. Health workers recorded the injuries of the whole body – head, chest, hands,” – said the Chairman of the religious community who allegedly suffered in the fight.

The press service notes that on January 13 activists held a village meeting at which some of the attendees voted for the transition to a new ptsu, however, the religious community decided to remain in the bosom of the UOC-MP.

As of Sunday evening, the Ternopil region police reports about the incident.

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