In the center of Kiev law enforcement officers detained two armed men. The chief of the National police in the city of Kiev Andrey Krishchenko noted that one detainee was a big knife, and the other sticks like nunchucks.
The suspects taken to the territorial police station. Militiamen find out why they came with such things on St. Sophia square to the meeting on the occasion of the Unification Cathedral, the TV channel “direct”.
Photo: national police of Ukraine
Photo: national police of Ukraine
While Krishchenko noted that other believers in a calm and sympathetic to the increased security measures and metal detectors. According to him, law enforcement agencies have a few days work in the strengthened mode.
“Given the historicity of this event, all the situations that occurred around it, whipping up hysteria our foreign enemies, we actually started to provide you with the number 12. Stepped up police outfits near Sofia, at St. Michael’s square near St. Andrew’s Church, monastery. The main event began today at six in the morning, when the service was taken up by the National guard, employees of gschs”
— Andrew Kryschenko,
The chief of General Directorate of national police in Kiev
First Deputy Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Sergey Spring stated about the presence of terrorist threats to the holding of a Unifying Council. According to him, militiamen consider that the holding of the Cathedral may be delayed.
“We foresaw this situation, of course, yesterday was made the calculation of engagement of personnel based on time, provides for rotation, is provided for the provision of personnel”
— Sergey Yarovoy
First Deputy Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine
The order at the event provided by about 4 thousand police officers, national Guardsmen and lifeguards.
We will remind, on December 15 in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev is a Unification Council, which should be proclaimed the establishment of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approved its Charter and elected the Primate. The event is held in a closed format, with the participation of around 192 delegates.
Also in the Cathedral is attended by representatives of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate and President Petro Poroshenko.
On 11 October, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized that the ROC illegally annexed the Kyiv Metropolitanate in 1686, and restored the canonical status of the primates of the Kyiv Patriarchate of the UAOC Philaret and Macarius. On November 29 the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved the project “the Constitutional Charter of the Ukrainian Church”, which will form the basis of its Charter.
At the same time, on November 13, the hierarchs of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate refused to meet with Petro Poroshenko on which was discussed the holding of a Unifying Council. At an emergency meeting of the Synod they decided to break off relations with Constantinople. Of the 83 participants were Cinematically to sign the decree only Metropolitan Symeon of Vinnytsia and bar.
Also the hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate, officially refused to take part in the Unification Council, calling the establishment of the Autocephalous UOC uncanonical. Managing the Affairs of the UOC-MP Antony said that the bishops who will participate in the Unification Council, will be issued a disciplinary sanction.