January 16, 2019  |  Updated February 11, 2019

RT Misleads About Church Fire in Kyiv

By Polygraph
UKRAINE -- Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in one of the buildings of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in the capital Kyiv, January 14, 2019

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.

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