Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery

Published on Russia Today RT, June 23, 2014.

Ukraine nationalists have clashed with police outside the citadel of the Orthodox Church in Kiev, the Pechersk Lavra, as the churchgoers and monks were about to hold a peace service praying for an end to violence in Ukraine.  

According to various media reports up to 500 ultra-nationalists, representing the Right Sector and Ukraine’s Patriots neo-nazi movements, clashed with around 100 policemen in an attempt to disrupt the Procession of the Cross at one of the centers of the Eastern Orthodox monasticism in Eastern Europe.

The procession was supposed to start at noon local time in the Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and end up at the monument of the Unknown Soldier. Participants in the rally, mostly elderly, oppose Kiev’s military operation in the Donetsk region.

Ultra-nationalists claimed that “separatists” were planning to use the event as a chance to gather and form a “Kiev’s People Republic” and used a “few dozen grandmas” to disguise their plan … //

… After the raid on the monastery around 60 nationalist activists staged a rally at the Russian embassy in Kiev, Russia’s Press Atache Oleg Grishin said.

“The gathered are behaving aggressively. They are trying to break through the cordon of the consulate building, stoning representatives Ukrainian law enforcement agencies,” RBK quoted Grishin. “The situation is tense,” the diplomat added. No one was detained at the rally that lasted around two hours.

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