Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Aftermath of Ambush on Ukrainian Forces: 7 months ago   19:20

The war in eastern Ukraine hasn't just been about territory — religion has deepened the divide. In Donetsk, Protestants are being forced to conduct their services in apartments, persecuted by pro-Russia separatists who believe there’s only room for one religion in the region: Russian Orthodoxy.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Donetsk to attend secret Protestant churches, and spoke with members of the Donetsk People’s Republic as well as the Orthodox Church to find out whether the DPR’s vision for the rebel-controlled region includes the coexistence of religious beliefs.

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Frost Rusher
Russians are the real Assholes
Wow this Christian music is better than pop Christian
" Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner "
in us they did the same, the kkk was against non "WASPs" anglosaxon protestants, they hate slavs and catholics.
That Christian rock band is way too miserable for the Russians...
Vice News: pretending to be alternative media while establishment media conglomerate Fox (a propaganda wing of US foreign policy) injects millions of dollars into it.
Hahaha wow what a bunch if bull shit from vice. I hope it tastes good to some of you people!
Ancient Skeptic
When did (((vice news))) started to care about christianity?
Yonathan Swily
I am Protestant. Why did u need Protestant Churches while there are best Churches.. the Orthodox Church
Joshua Chong
I wonder - for a russian or ukrainian speakers, does Simon talk with strong accent of some kind or is his talk very natural?
Faheem Zx
Hey all... Vice news is run by the satanic temple/illuminati. After weakening Islam by creating rift between shia and Sunnis, the next target is christinity . they r weakening Christianity by promoting hatred between protestants and orthodox. Beware!
multiBen -fit-aCTIVE
America should stop helping them from Russia
Callsighn Owl
I am Orthodox so naturally I'm pro Orthodox
This is nothing new. I come from a Ukrainian family that immigrated here right after the fall of the Berlin wall. My family is Pentecostal and this is the same exact persecution that took place in the USSR. People gathered in homes in secret and if found out, were arrested and some were sent to prison in Siberian gulags never to be seen again. Yet all the while the Eastern Orthodox church was allowed to worship without any persecution. I visited my extended family in Ukraine back in 2016. Most of them are Orthodox but some have converted to the Pentecostal faith. Even there, in their own village which is in Western Ukraine, they are abandoned by their friends and family when they do this. Glad that Vice covered this.
I am Orthodox and seeing this is just distressing. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU. WHAT DO THEY THINK? THAT THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THE ORTHODOX? Take a look at your American Orthodox bretheren, you might learn something.
Traditional Southern Catholic SSPX
No body talks about this on tv but by God if roman catholics did anything we would be all over the news O but lets keep this off Tv
Manuel Tamba
Poor Jesus :( His churches fight against each other :')
Protestant churches in Donetsk? Wtf they "protest" in Donetsk??
Vivian Williams
The west is taking everything east,the eastern people is rejecting western construct,even homosexuality they want to imposed on the east
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Aftermath of Ambush on Ukrainian Forces: Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: 7 months ago   07:56

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As pro-Russian separatists opened up a new front along Ukraine’s southern coast, threatening the city of Mariupol, they also surrounded a mixture of regular Ukrainian army and pro-government militias in the town of Ilovaisk. To the southeast of Donetsk, Ilovaisk had been the scene of heavy fighting that eventually tipped in favor of the separatists. With Ukrainian forces having little choice, they surrendered and were assured they could leave the city through a safe “green corridor.”

However, the separatists seemed to have reneged on the promise of safe passage, and several Ukrainian columns were caught in devastatingly brutal ambushes, leaving hundreds dead and dozens taken prisoner.

VICE News stumbled upon one of the many Ukrainian ambulance convoys sent to retrieve the dead and wounded from an ambush site at Novokaterynivka, finding a scene of absolute horror and panic.

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