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Russian priest strikes Ukrainian chaplain with a cross after criticism of Putin

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O capelão teria dito que o presidente russo desencadeou a guerra na Ucrânia, entre outros motivos, para defender os membros da Igreja Ortodoxa Russa.

The chaplain reportedly said that the Russian president unleashed the war in Ukraine, among other reasons, to defend members of the Russian Orthodox Church.| Photo: Playback Vinnytsia Live

Russian priest Mykhailo Vasylyuk went up to the altar and attacked Ukrainian chaplain Anatoliy Dudko with a cross during the funeral of a Ukrainian soldier last Sunday (19), in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv.

According to Newsweek magazine, the aggression came after the chaplain criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin. The chaplain would have said that the Russian politician unleashed the war in Ukraine, among other reasons, to defend members of the Russian Orthodox Church, of which Mykhailo belongs.

Videos shared by Ukrainian site Vinbazar by Nexta TV show the Russian priest going up to the altar , with the cross in his hand, pulling the chaplain’s clothes, who pushes him. Next, the priest tries to hit the Ukrainian chaplain with the cross.

According to local activist Serhiy Timkov wrote that the Ukrainian chaplain had minor injuries and that the cross that Anatoliy carried around his neck was broken by the Russian priest.

“The Moscow priest assaulted , caused minor injuries, tore the cross from the chaplain and tried to use his cross as a tool for beatings. In my opinion, this goes beyond all possible and impossible limits of arrogance,” Timkov said.

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