Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The priest of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Vladimir Maretsky was in absentia sentenced to six years of prison for assisting “LPR separatists”. The corresponding decision was made by the Novoaidar district court on the territory of the LPR occupied by the UAF.
In the verdict it is noted in particular that on April 18th 2014 archpriest Vladimir blocked the movement of a military column of the UAF through the village of Raygorodka in the Novoaidar district, and from April 18th to May 24th 2014 the priest also interfered with the movement of staff of the 80th Airborne brigade of the UAF, namely – “blocking the road with a wooden log and bags”.
“He placed a tent near the road, where he organised an around-the-clock patrol. The priest expressed public discontent with the stay of the staff of the military unit near the village of Raygorodka and urged the military personnel to leave their positions, saying that the local population does not need their help”it is said in the Ukrainian court’s verdict
The investigation qualified the actions of the priest as “committing deliberate actions that were expressed in the organisation of prevention of the lawful activity of the UAF”.
Certain “witnesses” in court also said that “Maretsky was the main organiser of the mass action, and among his accomplices there were people with Makarov pistols”.
As a reminder, archpriest Vladimir Maretsky, who was taken prisoner in the spring of 2014 by the punitive “Aidar” battalion, immediately after being released in September 2014 spoke about the torture that he, together with his brethren, were subjected to by Ukrainian sadists headed by the current deputy of the Rada Savchenko.
“To say that we were beaten is to say nothing at all. We were battered. We were shot, our bones were broken, we were not only punched and kicked, but also beaten with rifle butts and everything that was to hand”wrote Father Vladimir
The priest emphasised that Nadezhda Savchenko showed a special eagerness when torturing captured Lugansk residents.
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