2015-08-24 11:29:00

Schismatics disrupted a divine service and seized an Orthodox church not far from Kiev

Moscow, August 24, Interfax - The incident has happened at St. Vladimir Church in the village of Malye Dmitrovichi, the Obukhov District, the Kiev Region, Ukraine.

Unidentified people rushed into the church during the liturgy, they called themselves representatives of the local self-defence. Priests of the self-proclaimed Kiev Patriarchate later joined them, press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reports.

"Swearing, they made the rector and parishioners stop the service and leave the church, the the church was closed. Militia arrived on parishioners' call, but kept away from the incident and did not interfere when the service was disrupted," the message further reads.

The local community turned to the prosecutor's office complaining on the intruders and law-enforcement officers.