Orthodox Priest Kidnapped Near Kiev

On March 16, in the town of Tomashovka, Fastov district, Kiev Province, a group of unknown armed persons broke into the home of Archpriest Gennady Batenko, forced him out and drove away.

The law enforcement agency has been apprised of the event, but to no avail. Police attested to having no information as to the whereabouts of the kidnapped clergyman.

Fr. Gennady Batenko is a medical doctor by civil profession. He is Deputy Chairman of the Public Health and Medical Research Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.