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Blooded pictures of Putin and Patriarch Kirill pasted to Lithuanian Orthodox cathedral

by Sophie Drew

An Orthodox cathedral in Lithuania has been attacked, pasted with pictures of Vladimir Putin and the Russian patriarch covered in blood. 

The Vilnius place of worship contacted police after the graffiti was discovered on Thursday morning, 19th of May.  

The stickers were stuck to the outside of the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in the nation's capital. 

It's not the first attack on the country's church buildings - a similar incident happened at a Russian Orthodox church in Kaunas in recent weeks. 

"Such terror and intimidation against our parishioners are totally unacceptable, and we call on the authorities to take decisive measures to ensure their protection," Metropolitan Innokentiy, the head of the Lithuanian Orthodox Church, said in a statement following the attacks.

The Lithuanian Orthodox Church has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but some feel their comments lack authenticity.

Five priests that had criticised the war, were suspended by the church, although officials deny that was the reason for their suspension. 

One is being put before the Moscow Patriarchate, who will decide whether to strip the priest of his rank. 

Other priests are looking to transfer the Constantinople branch of the Orthodox church. 

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