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Priests flee Crimea after takeover

27 March 2014 | by Josef Pazderka | Comments: 0

Ukraine

Several Catholic priests fled the country’s Black Sea region of Crimea after receiving threatening phone calls and messages from local pro-Russian armed militia and in some cases being abducted for several days, writes Josef Pazderka. “The situation is very dangerous, we all hope that Western political forces will stop (Russian President Vladimir) Putin,” said Fr Bronislaw Bernacki, Roman Catholic Bishop of Odessa-Simferopol.Thousands of Russian troops together with local pro-Russian militia seized the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in what Moscow calls “protection of ethnic Russians from persecution by a fascist government in Kiev” but was  condemned by the Ukrainian Government in Kiev and the international community as a grave breach of international la ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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