Church raided and desecrated in Ukraine: Windows and a Crucifix destroyed

Country: Ukraine

Date of incident: February 13, 2023

On Friday the 13th, the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Vinnytsia was vandalized and desecrated. The church belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. It was reported that "unknown persons broke almost all the windows, attacked the cross in front of the church with an axe, and broke the legs of the Saviour on Calvary." It was also said that due to the strong force used by the perpetrator throwing the axe and destroying the statue, it also broke other candlelights and other religious objects.

The Police have reported that the perpetrator has been detained and sentenced to up to three years in prison. It was mentioned that it was not uncommon for vandalism to happen, so the regulations and consequences are taken seriously. No further details of the perpetrator's profile were mentioned on the news portal. 

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