UCC appalled by desecration of St. Volodymyr Monument in Winnipeg

UCC appalled by desecration of St. Volodymyr Monument in Winnipeg

St. Volodymyr Monument, photo – City of Winnipeg

 May 23, 2019. WINNIPEG, MB. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is appalled by the disgraceful desecration of the monument to St. Volodymyr the Great in Winnipeg.

Early yesterday morning, the head of St. Volodymyr the Great and the cross he held in his hand were sawed off and stolen.

“This is a tragic and senseless desecration, something which has deeply affected our parish,” stated Yaroslaw N. Chubenko, Parish Chair of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. “This statue is an important symbol for our parish and for our community.  Created by the renowned Leo Mol, the statue was blessed by Pope John Paul II and installed in 1984.  Our parish is working with the authorities and local community to try to recover the stolen parts of the statue as quickly as possible.”

In 988, St. Volodymyr brought Christianity to Ukraine. The monument to St. Volodymyr is a well-known Ukrainian cultural, religious and community landmark in Winnipeg, which stands beside the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga. 

“This appalling attack on a monument to an historic and religious figure is deeply shocking and upsetting to us all,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of UCC. “The UCC offers its full support to the Parish and the community in Winnipeg. We call on the Winnipeg police to fully investigate and find the motive for this serious crime.  We hope that this is not yet another example of hate-motivated incidents in Canada.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service at 204-986-6222. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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