By Theodore Shoebat
It is horrible thing to hear, Christians killing Christians. It is really quite disturbing. We expect this sort of behavior from Muslims, but not from supposed fellow Christians. Pro-Russian militiamen killed five Evangelical Christians, one of whom was a pastor. They also killed an archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch of Russia, Kirill, has asked the UN for protection of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine. I don’t think Putin is behind these rebels since he is not interested in killing fellow Christians. Yet the media is using the violence of the rebels against Russia. We read from a report:
Brothers Reuben Pavenko, 30, Albert Pavenko, 24, Viktor Bradarsky, 40, and Vladimir Velichko, 41, were kidnapped by pro-Russian forces on June 8 after a festive Pentecost Sunday service at the Transfiguration Church in the eastern city of Slavyansk, according to church sources.
Additionally Pastor Sergey Skorobagach from the Vivification Church, who served as chairman of the City Council of Churches, was reportedly killed by pro-Russian rebels.
Earlier in May, Archpriest Pavel Zhuchenko of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate was shot dead near a roadblock in the Donetsk region.
Several other church leaders have been kidnapped. Their church buildings, as well as a Christian university in Donetsk and church-backed orphanages and other aid centers were either threatened, occupied or in some cases destroyed by pro-Russian rebels.
He was “killed on June 14 in [another] terrorist attack on the bridge in [the south eastern city of] Mariupol” said the Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches of Ukraine. Some reports said the pastor’s vehicle was shelled by militants.