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Gabriel Kostelnik

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On [[September 20]], 1948, after the [[Divine Liturgy]] Fr. Gabriel was attacked on the steps of the [[w:Church of Transfiguration, Lviv|Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Lvov]] and killed by one, Vasily Pankiv, a terrorist who killed himself immediately after his deadly assault.
According to the official Soviet version, Pankiv was a member of the terrorist group led by [[w:Roman Shukhevych|Roman Shukhevich]], chief of the Ukrainian Rebel Army (UPA).<ref name=Interfax>Interfax-Religion. ''[ The initiator of elimination of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church could be canonized].'' 23 September 2008, 12:16.</ref><ref>{{ru icon}} Из мемуаров Петра Судоплатова. ''[ «Военная Литература» Мемуары: Глава 8. «Холодная война» - Дорога к Ялте и начало мирного противостояния].''</ref> In addition, an official bulletin printed in the ''[ Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate]'' (1948, № 10) and signed by Metropolitan [[Nicholas (Yarushevich) of Krutitsy|Nicholas (Yarushevich)]] stated that Kostelnik was "killed by an agent of the Vatican."<ref>{{ru icon}} ''[ Журнал Московской Патриархии].'' 1948, № 10, стр. 9.</ref>
However, representatives of the UPA denied any involvement in the murder. And the ''[ Encyclopedia of Ukraine]'' states that although "Soviet authorities have blamed his murder on the Vatican and Ukrainian nationalists, the evidence suggests that the assassination was masterminded by the Soviet police."<ref name="UKRAINIAN"/>

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