As reported by the UOC press service on its Telegram channel, around 9:00 a.m. this Monday, an unknown attacker entered the church in honor of the Intercession of the Mother of God and began to overturn everything that was in it. . The rector of the temple, Father Antonio, was at the altar, reacted to the noise and approached the man. The rector began to make comments, but the attacker did not react and slit the priest’s throat with a knife.
The police arrived at the scene of the crime. The offender refused to obey the law and order guards. The police were forced to use weapons, the attacker was injured in the leg and was arrested. The motives for the attacker’s actions are established by the investigation. Archpriest Antony underwent an operation and is in intensive care in one of the Vinnitsa hospitals. The UOC statement expresses its gratitude to all those who have joined in the common prayer for the health of the priest. “Regardless of how the investigative actions are completed, we once again call on the workers of all mass media to stop inciting religious hatred in Ukraine!”