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 Sacred procession organizers declare about 30,000 participants, SBU expects only half

The Security Service of Ukraine expects 15,000 people to take part in the sacred procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, scheduled to be held in Kyiv July 27.

Kyiv city and Kyiv region SBU Directorate Head Stepan Hreshchuk said at a meeting of the Kyiv City Council, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"The organizers declared 30,000 participants. We expect about a half of them," he said.

Yevropeiska Square in Kyiv will be the participants' assembly point. They will be brought there by buses.

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A ceremonial service will begin at 12 p.m. July 27. The participants will head towards Kyiv Pechersk Lavra by Hrushevskyi Str. at 12:30 p.m., where a feast church service will begin at 4 p.m. July 27 and continue at 12 p.m. July 28.

All roads on the route of the procession will be closed for cars.

SBU promises to prevent the use of separatist symbols or any provocation during the procession.

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Hreshchuk also notes that the procession participants are not currently using Russian or separatist symbols.

The head of the SBU Directorate stresses that all instigators will be immediately arrested.

As previously reported, the so-called "sacred procession for peace" started in the east of the country from the Sviatohorsk Monastery on July 3, and in the west of the country from the Pochaiv Monastery on July 9. The participants in both processions will meet in Kyiv at St. Volodymyr Hill and walk together to the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, where a ceremonial service will be held on July 27, the eve of the celebration of Christianization of Rus-Ukraine.

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The Security Service and National Police admitted that the sacred procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate might be possibly used for provocations and destabilization.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n398388