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Monday, June 23, 2014

Kiev nationalists clash with police outside Orthodox monastery (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Kiev, June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky) 

Ukraine nationalists have clashed with police outside the citadel of the Orthodox Church in Kiev, the Pechersk Lavra, as the churchgoers and monks were about to hold a peace service praying for an end to violence in Ukraine.

According to various media reports up to 500 ultra-nationalists, representing the Right Sector and Ukraine's Patriots neo-nazi movements, clashed with around 100 policemen in an attempt to disrupt the Procession of the Cross at one of the centers of the Eastern Orthodox monasticism in Eastern Europe. 

 Ukrainian policemen guard the entrance of Kiev Pechersk Lavra, an Orthodox Christian complex of monasteries and cathedrals in Kiev, to prevent storming by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)

The procession was supposed to start at noon local time in the Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and end up at the monument of the Unknown Soldier. Participants in the rally, mostly elderly, oppose Kiev's military operation in the Donetsk region.

Ultra-nationalists claimed that “separatists” were planning to use the event as a chance to gather and form a “Kiev's People Republic” and used a “few dozen grandmas” to disguise their plan.

 People with their faces covered take part in a pro-Ukrainian anti-separatist rally near Kiev Pechersk Lavra, in Kiev June 22, 2014. (Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko) 

Policemen guard the Sberbank of Russia building after it was attacked with stones by activists of various pro-Ukrainian radical youth groups in Kiev on June 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky)



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