At 19:00, June 24, 2015, to buy a bottle of mineral water I decided to go to the village shop situated in Rykun St., Povcha village, together with Vitaliy V. Chaika and Andriy V. Pankevych.
Entering the shop, I saw, as I later found out, the deputy chairman of the district council Alexander V. Kozak, who was drinkingalcoholic beverages with the shop assistant and was
intoxicated, as was noticeable by the smell of alcohol, impaired motor coordination and “glass eyes». After I decided to get the cell phone out of my pocket, A.V. Kozak attacked me with foul
language, picked up a wooden chair on which he had been sitting, and aimed a blow at me. I took these actions as a threat to life and health. Also, I regarded this threat as real and such
that can be realized, as it was publicly expressed. A. V. Kozak, being aware of the difficult situation in the country and the fact that I am a senior priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
of vlg. Povcha, inciting inter-faith strife, started swearing and speaking rudely to me: «After the trial I’ll take the church in vlg. Ptycha, and the next will be a church in vlg. Povcha «,»
You are a Moscow priest, a sucker, a Moskal, but you do not know what will happen to you», «It is necessary to expel all the Moscow priests from Dubno district «, “I support the Kyiv
Patriarchate to seize churches of the UOC.»
After these events my health has deteriorated significantly, and on the night of 25.06.2015, I had to turn to a local hospital.
On the basis of the above,
To open the criminal proceedings under Art. 129 and 161 of the Criminal Code and to make an entry to the Unified State Register of pre-trial investigations;
To call as witnesses who directly participated in the events:
Vitaliy V. Chaika;
Andriy V. Pankevych;
To grant me and the above-mentioned persons the status of victims in the case.
V.G Buha June 26, 2015
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