Why Ukrainian nationalists and the state persecute parishioners of the country’s largest church
FILE PHOTO. Kiev, Ukraine. © AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY
“If you believe in God, I beg you, leave the church, let me bury my son!” a grief-stricken woman screams, kneeling in the snow in front of the priest. He is surrounded by Ukrainian officials and territorial defense fighters who are there to help him seize the church.
A woman begs him in Ukrainian to stop. Her son, who went to the front and died in the battles for the city of Bakhmut, prayed in this church, and now the mother wants to bid him goodbye. “You didn’t let me pray in front of the icon yesterday, your men beat me up. I…
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