Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The head of the unrecognized in the orthodox world “Kiev patriarchy” Filaret blessed fighters of the special battalion of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine “Tornado”, which was disbanded for atrocities concerning the civilians of Donbass, and who are now under investigation for serious crimes in Donbass — rapes, murders, and robberies.
The request to pray for “tornado members” was expressed by a man in camouflage at the opening of the temple in Bila Tserkva where Filaret was present.
“We will pray so that the Lord Almighty will liberate them … They are sitting in jail for Ukraine just like Pyotr Kalnyshevsky (the ataman of Zaporizhia Sich arrested under the order of Catherine II),” said the head of the “Kiev patriarchy” in answer to the pleader.
As a reminder, the investigation accuses 12 “tornado members” of serious crimes. Supporters of the fighters periodically try to disrupt court sessions. The accused behave defiantly: they insult the court, threaten reprisals, and throw excrements. As a result of collisions near the Obolon court of Kiev where the case of the special battalion is being heard, 27 police officers have already suffered injuries.
In addition, it not the first blessing to fighters of “Tornado” from Filaret. At the very beginning of the war in Donbass he awarded the now jailed on heavy charges in the pre-trial detention center the five-times judged leader of “Tornado” Ruslan Onishchenko with a medal of “patriarchy”.
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