Sacred processions and solemn prayers will be held in the capital dedicated to the celebration of 1030th anniversary of Kievan Rus Christianization. This is why the traffic will be restricted in downtown.
Reportedly, the celebration will last in accordance with a decree of the Ukrainian President from August 8, 2017, about measures on preparation and celebration of 1030th anniversary of Christianization of Kievan Rus. Apart from the solemn prayers, many events will be held in all districts of the city.
As we reported earlier, last year’s religious procession started in Ternopil and Donetsk regions, brought the two groups of believers to 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.