A prayer service dedicated to the Day of Christianization of Kievan Rus' was held in Kyiv on Thursday. The 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported that.
“Metropolitan Onuphrius hold a prayer service at 1 p.m. The event lasted for about 30 minutes,” he correspondent reported.
Metropolite Onuphrius, the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, held a service at the Volodymyrska Hill, a legendary place where Prince Volodymyr Svyatoslavich baptized the inhabitants of the city back in 988, thereby turning Kievan Rus into a bulwark of Christianity in the Slavic lands.
After the prayer service on Volodymyrska Hill, the believers' religious procession headed to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, where the events continue on the occasion of the Day of Christianization of Kievan Rus.
According to the law enforcers, the situation is calm and stable with no emergency conditions.
As we reported earlier, last year’s religious procession started in Ternopil and Donetsk regions, brought the two groups of believers enter Kyiv on July 26, meet on July 27 in Kiev at St. Vladimir's Hill, and together with the Orthodox Kyiv citizens and pilgrims proceed to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The expected number was 30 000 participants, however there were more than 4,500 pilgrims at Volodymyrska Hirka a year ago and around 6 000 people took part in celebration of Baptism of Rus last year. Law enforcers expected a high number of provocations by pro-Russian activists or Kremlin-backed militants, tightening preventive measures, however there were no serious violations reported.