14:37 27.07.2016

From 8,000 to 10,000 believers gathered on Volodymyrska Hirka in Kyiv

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From 8,000 to 10,000 believers gathered on Volodymyrska Hirka in Kyiv

Up to 8,000 believers and participants in the religious procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) have gathered on Volodymyrska Hirka (St. Volodymyr Hill) in Kyiv for a prayer on the Day of Christianization of Rus, the Kyiv National Police told Interfax.

"There are now some 7,000-8,000 people on Volodymyrska Hirka," the Kyiv National Police press service told Interfax.

The Kyiv National Police press service said it is currently difficult to give the exact number of people who have come for the prayer because believers keep coming to the site.

Andriy Kryschenko, the head of the Kyiv National Police, said on 112.Ukraine television that 10,000 believers have gathered on Volodymyrska Hirka.

"People keep coming. There are already 10,000 people on Volodymyrska Hirka. We are not taking any extra security measures. What is being done is enough [...] There are up to 6,000 law enforcement officers, like before," Kryschenko said.

No prohibited or suspicious objects have been seized, he said.

According to police information, no serious incidents have so far been registered.

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