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Vandalism strikes local Ukrainian cemetery

Posted: Updated: Jul 22, 2014 03:30 PM

WATERVLIET, N.Y. – Colonie Police say there has been vandalism at a local Ukrainian cemetery.

According to authorities, four pillars surrounding a cross were knocked down inside Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Church Cemetery.

It is believed that the vandalism happened sometime between late Saturday night and into Sunday morning.

Father Michael Myshchuk is the pastor of the church associated with the cemetery. He says he thinks bored teenagers are the most likely suspects.

“I do not know what the reason is behind that,” he said.

However, some of his congregants are concerned that the act may have something to do with the unrest in Eastern Europe.

“Definitely, definitely. It’s what people talk about all the time,” he said.

The Saint Nicholas Cemetery is next to a Russian Orthodox cemetery on Elm Street, and the vandals did not damage that cemetery.

“You know, first thing you think maybe it’s young people,” Father Michael said. “Vandalism seems to be everywhere. So that was our main theory behind this, but you know, if it’s something political, I doubt. But who knows.”

Colonie police said there is no evidence of anything political. Anyone with information regarding the vandalism should contact police.

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