Nationalists were unable to disrupt the procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev (Photo)
In Kiev, he held a prayer service and procession on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the submission of the Kiev Prince Vladimir and the anniversary of the Baptism of Russia.
Poroshenko signed a decree "On the commemoration of the Great Prince Vladimir of Kiev in connection with the 1000-year anniversary of his repose."
As stated in the document, it issued "in order to preserve the traditions and the approval of the Ukrainian state, a reminder of the role of the historical heritage of Russia-Ukraine in their growth, recognizing the importance of the adoption of Christianity for the development of Ukrainian society as an integral part of European civilization, in memory of Vladimir the Great - the outstanding statesman and politician, founder of the medieval European state of Rus-Ukraine. "
It is worth noting that the Ukrainian president signed a decree not only coined the name unknown to historians of the State medieval period (Russia-Ukraine), and Prince Vladimir awarded the title of "Great", although he was always known as Saint Vladimir, or Vladimir the Red Sun.
During the event, not without provocation, reports "PolitNavigatora" .
The UOC did not hide that they expect provocations. "Meetings of this magnitude before have we had, therefore, do not rule out it may be a cause for provocations against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church", "- he said on the eve of the chairman of the administrative apparatus of the Kyiv Metropolis, Archimandrite Victor.
It is no accident that the order in the event provided a sufficiently large number of law enforcement officers.
Not far from the Vladimir Hill, where a monument to Prince Vladimir held a prayer service, the agency reports witnessed how a small group of anti-Moscow-minded people pounced on priests and parishioners of the UOC, heading for a prayer service.
"Christ-you support aggression Moscow - shouted one of the opponents of the UOC. - In the Donbass children they are dying, and they fly to pray. Who? Won the Ukrainian land. "
Particular outrage nationalists was the fact that to participate in a prayer service and procession attended by representatives of the western regions of Ukraine.
"There is a war, and they serve Moscow - added another protester. - How can you? Here Moscow church should not exist. Putin began the war, and the church must finish. And it should be a Ukrainian church. We live in Ukraine, and therefore there should be a Ukrainian church. Interestingly, in Moscow there are Ukrainian church? "
However, this attempt to prevent the Orthodox event no matter what no effect, and became the only one.
After the service at Vladimir's Hill began many thousands procession to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, virtually paralyzed traffic in the capital.
Ahead column priests bearing the ark with the relics and icon of St. Prince Vladimir.
Towards the head of the column with eight priests were brought to Kiev from different regions of the country icons of the Holy Virgin, considered miraculous among Orthodox Ukraine.
In the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra UOC Metropolitan Onufry All-Night Vigil at the Cathedral Square near the Cathedral Uspensokgo.
Together with him the service was carried out metropolitans of the Ukrainian Diocese, as well as archbishops and metropolitans, representing the Orthodox Church of Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic.