The court in Zaporizhya (southeastern Ukraine) pronounced the verdict in the case of a militant of the self-styled "Donetsk People's Republic" (DPR). The man will spend seven years behind the bars for trying to set the shrine of Ukraine's Orthodox Church on fire. Press office of the Security Service of Ukraine reported that.
"According to the materials of the Security Service of Ukraine, a citizen of Ukraine, who in 2019 tried to set fire to the temple of the UOC in Zaporizhya was sentenced to seven years in prison. The perpetrator acted on the assignment and clear coordination of the "special services" of the so-called "DNR". His goal was to destabilize the situation in the region on religious grounds", reads the message.
The investigation found out that militants of the DPR tried to provoke such a conflict on the eve of provision of Tomos (confessional independence status, - 112 International) for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
According to reports, a "special service" of pro-Russian terrorists found a resident of Zaporizhya, who agreed to commit a crime for money - namely, to organize the arson of the church of the Apostle Ivan the Theologian. One of the key demands was to distribute a video of the fire to the media, which was to be interpreted as an attack on the local congregation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, allegeldy conducted by pilgrims of the newly-formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
The organizer of the crime and his associates were detained by the Security Servuce workers as he tried to burn the shrine.