On January 14, a fire broke out in a building near the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastery complex. According to a spokesperson for Kyiv’s Emergency Services Department, the building was empty and scheduled for reconstruction. A few hours later, the fire was entirely extinguished without any casualties.
The Russian-language website of RT (Russia Today) also reported on the fire, but inexplicably included a reference to a “pogrom” that allegedly took place in a church in the village of Semenivka/Semenovka, located in Ukraine’s Odessa region. Given the tensions around the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s recent independence and the negative reaction of the Russian Orthodox Church and its Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate, mentioning the alleged “pogrom” clearly implies that the fire in Kyiv might have been religiously-motivated arson.Read more