Ukrainian priest killed himself
A priest was found hanged on the porch of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Church in the town of Malaya Berezanka in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, KyivPost reports.
Forensic experts said the death was not violent, Kyiv regional police spokesman Mykola Zhukovych told Interfax-Ukraine.
"The body was sent to the forensic laboratory for a postmortem," he said.
The police said that the priest belonged to the Kyiv Patriarchate.
Villagers told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in Ukraine that the priest had personal problems - he separated with his wife and started drinking.
"People said that the priest had no home for several years and spent nights at the church," the newspaper said.
Some villagers presumed that the priest might have been killed.
"Suicide is a mortal sin for any person, and it is even more so for a priest! However, it could be an imitation of suicide. I cannot recall a single priest suicide in Ukraine," the Kyiv Patriarchate Ukrainian Orthodox Church spokesman Yevstratiy (Zorya) told the newspaper.