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Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Ukraine's Religious War

In Donetsk, Protestants are being persecuted by Russian Orthodox separatists, forced to conduct their Sunday services in secret. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky investigates.

The war in eastern Ukraine hasn't just been about territory — religion has deepened the divide. In Donetsk, Protestants are being forced to conduct their services in apartments, persecuted by pro-Russia separatists who believe there's only room for one religion in the region: Russian Orthodoxy.

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Donetsk to attend secret Protestant churches, and spoke with members of the Donetsk People's Republic as well as the Orthodox Church to find out whether the DPR's vision for the rebel-controlled region includes the coexistence of religious beliefs.

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