January 2, 2023, 15:11 – Public News Service – OSN

An unknown person attacked with a knife the cleric of the Vinnytsia diocese, Archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) Anthony Kovtonyuk.

The incident occurred on the territory of the Intercession Church in Vinnitsa. Father Anthony was hospitalized with stab wounds. Doctors assess his condition as serious.

The website of the diocese specifies that the attacker entered the temple and began to turn everything there. The abbot of the temple was at the altar. He approached the man and made remarks to him. He did not respond to them and “cut the priest’s throat,” follows from the publication.

Arrived at the scene police. During the detention, the attacker resisted, a weapon was used. He was wounded in the leg.

Earlier, the Public News Service reported that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) began conducting searches at seven sites of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in the Khmelnitsky region. The main purpose of the searches is called countering the explosive activities of the Russian special services.