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Two statues of Saint John Paul II vandalised in Ukraine

Last Saturday night, a monument of St. John Paul II in Truskavets (Western Ukraine) was vandalised. The marble figure of the Polish Pope had the right hand, extended in a gesture of blessing, torn off. The monument of the late Bishop of Rome in the nearby town Drohobych was devastated in exactly the same way the previous evening.


The local internet portal WARTO quotes an anonymous witness to the second attack: “A mentally ill man, who was repeatedly seen on the streets of Drohobycz in black clothes, a gas mask and with a scythe, attacked the statue of Pope John Paul II near the church of St. Bartholomew.”

The editors of the WARTO portal note that in both cases the monuments were attacked in the same way – damaging the right arm.

Taking this into account, and considering that the attacks took place almost at the same time, journalists believe it was probably an organised operation.


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