Religious War in Ukraine

BATAK CENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES -- A feud between the two main confessions in Ukraine, the Orthodox branches of the Moscow and Kyiv patriarchates, turned bloody on Aug. 12.

An official from the Moscow-controlled church reportedly attacked a priest from a rival, Kyiv-controlled church with a knife in the Cherkassy Oblast city of Korsun-Shevchenkivsky. The victim, Rostyslav Bylo, is a priest in the Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate. His alleged attacker is Mykhailo Lysenko, a sexton in the Moscow Orthodox Church.

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