Jehovah’s Witnesses reported 24 cases of physical assault and 79 cases of vandalism and arson during the year.
On February 5, unidentified perpetrators set fire to the Kingdom Hall in Horlivka, Donetsk Oblast.
On February 28, vandals scratched “666” on the entrance door of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Voznesensk, Mykolayiv Oblast, and placed tree branches in the form of a swastika on the ground near the building.
On November 25, Yevhen Ihlinskyi (a traffic police officer), Anatoliy Dovhan (a retired lieutenant colonel), and Ruslan Ivanov assaulted Oleksandr Anatoliovych Tretiak, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses returning from religious services.
The dominant religions are the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (which practices Orthodox rites but recognizes the Roman Catholic Pope as head of the Church). The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is divided between a Moscow Patriarchate and a separate Kyiv Patriarchate, which was established after Ukrainian independence and which declared independence from Moscow. In addition to these, there are also the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.
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The movement’s chief representative in Ukraine, Roman Yurkevich, described the event as “one of the largest gatherings ever organised in a former Soviet country.”
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Are there reports of Jehovah’s Witnesses being mistreated in the Ukraine, in particular Ternopil in recent years?
Is there a pattern ?
In April 2009, an Orthodox priest reportedly beat two Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chernigiv Region after seeing them walking in the street.
In June 2008, a Russian Orthodox priest in Odessa Region “punched” two Jehovah’s Witnesses, breaking the jaw of one.
In 2005 a priest from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church allegedly beat six Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cherkassy Oblast after they came onto his property.
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