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Ukraine Clamps Down on Orthodox Church Linked to Moscow


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Zelensky seeks to weaken a key source of Russian influence as heavy fighting continues

By Yaroslav Trofimov

KYIV, Ukraine—Ukraine’s government moved to curb the activities of the Orthodox Christian denomination historically linked to Moscow, aiming to cut off the most important remaining source of Russian cultural and religious influence in the country.

President Volodymyr Zelensky announced the move as deadly battles continued along the front line, with Russia making small advances near the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, which has re-emerged as a major focus of the war.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, canonically linked to the Moscow Patriarchate, is one of the country’s two main Orthodox denominations and used to be the dominant one before many faithful and parishes switched to the rival Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Viewed by Moscow as heretical, the OCU was recognized in 2019 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as fully independent from Russia, a major diplomatic achievement for Kyiv and a blow to Russian soft power. Most Ukrainian believers are Orthodox Christians, though Greek Catholics are predominant in the country’s west.

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1 Comment

  1. It’s a report by the WSJ, so you look like you have nothing to do with it! I laugh when I read on your website how you want the Canons and Laws of the Church to take effect in the US so we can have One Mega Church controlled by the CIA, but you forget all about Canons and Laws when it comes to Ukraine. Judas in disguise!

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