Religion and policy

  • 18 June 2018, 13:44 | National religious question | 

    Memorial to four church ministers killed by the DNR militants unveiled in Slovyansk

    In Slovyansk, Donetsk region, a memorial was opened to commemorate the four servants of the local Protestant church “Transfiguration of the Lord”, whom the Russian mercenaries had abducted, tortured and killed four years ago.

  • 6 June 2018, 09:42 | Religion and policy | 

    Prison administration did not allow Archbishop Klyment to visit Sentsov

    “Archbishop Klyment (Kushch) of Simferopol and Crimea of the UOC-KP was unable to see Oleg Sentsov in the Labitnangi penal colony, but intends to continue to visit and support Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. He will discuss the prospects of the work of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in this direction after returning from Russia to Patriarch Filaret,” wrote Naumlyuk.

  • 21 May 2018, 10:23 | Religion and policy | 

    Archbishop of the UOC-KP alleges the gross violation of rights of Crimea prisoner Balukh

    Archbishop Kliment (Kushch) of Simferopol and Crimea of the UOC-KP alleges a gross violation of the rights of ​​Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Baluch detained in the annexed Crimea. This is alleged in a statement on the official website of the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate.

  • 6 May 2018, 13:59 | Religion and policy | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly is inexpedient – Novynskyy persuaded Polish Metropolitan

    MP Vadym Novynskyy has made a trip to Warsaw to persuade the Metropolitan that Ukrainian autocephaly is inexpedient. This is reported by Information Resistance.

  • 2 May 2018, 10:22 | Moscow Patriarchy | 

    “Is Patriarch Kirill responsible for deaths in Donbas?” – French historian Antoine Arjakovsky

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is not well-known in the world because it is confused with the Russian Orthodox Church. It does not possess autocephaly, and therefore a face of its own, Antoine Arzhakovsky, a French historian, told an interview with

  • 14 March 2018, 11:48 | Religion and policy | 

    A priest of UOC-MP deprived of his parish because of prayer for Ukrainian Army

    In Zaporizhia, Fr Igor Savva, a priest of the Moscow Patriarchate, was deprived of his parish due to his pro-Ukrainian position. According to the faithful, Father Igor, in particular, prayed for the victory of Ukraine’s Armed Forces and refused to remember Russian Patriarch Kirill in the Liturgy.

  • 26 February 2018, 11:11 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Ukrainian MP and religious scholar Victor Yelenskyy: Patriarch Kirill directly involved in conflict incitement in Ukraine

    The MP says that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church - Patriarch Kirill, the RF special services and Russian diplomacy are directly involved in the destabilization of the situation between Orthodox believers.

  • 21 February 2018, 12:50 | Religion and policy | 

    Party of Regions ex-member switches to Christian Socialism

    Mykhailo Dobkin, notorious MP of the Opposition Bloc has announced the establishment of his own party, the Christian Socialists.

  • 21 February 2018, 09:38 | Islam | 

    Political religion is not a problem of sole Islam, - scholar

    The problem of the so-called "political religion" or its politicization is a phenomenon that affects not only Islamism, but also religions and the twenty-first century in general. Religion becomes an instrument for solving political problems in order to achieve the interests of individual elites, experts said during a press conference “Islam in politics: from the annexation of Crimea to the" Olive branch in Syria”, which took place in Kyiv on Tuesday, February 20.

  • 16 February 2018, 12:20 | Religion and policy | 

    Political religion of the UOC-MP did harm to Church, says Archimandrite Cyril (Hovorun)

    “I was categorically against the Russian world ideologeme, which emerged before the war in the east of Ukraine and which became the main instrument of aggression against Ukraine,” said Archimandrite Cyril (Hovorun), who is now a lecturer at the University Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, USA, in an interview with Voice of America, Radio Liberty has reported.

  • 1 February 2018, 09:27 | Religion and policy | 

    In 1947, 15 Orthodox bishops of 18 were the KGB agents

    The most valuable agents of the KGB in the episcopate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine in 1947 were “Petrov” in the east and “Hlibov” and “Ivanov”" - in the west, according to a note published by historian Roman Skakun.

  • 26 January 2018, 10:32 | Religion and policy | 

    Victor Yelenskyy: the Kremlins opens one of its fronts in Ukraine – the Church front

    Commenting on the latest statement by the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who demanded from the European entities the immediate reaction to the “persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the MP said: “For them, this is a very important tool for discrediting Ukraine.” The so-called church front has long been among the major ones. Attempts to discredit the state, policies in the field of religion, church, the rights of believers have been made literally on a flat ground.”

  • 27 December 2017, 16:47 | Terrorism | view photo | 

    From the captivity of militants of "DNR" released scientist Igor Kozlovsky

    63-year-old Ukrainian theologian and historian Igor Kozlovski was released yesterday from the captivity in the so-called Donetsk People's Republic. He was in captivity of militants from January 2016. He was accused of espionage and sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison.

  • 15 December 2017, 12:22 | Religion and policy | 

    UOC-MP blesses flags of Russian combat ships in Crimea

    On December 13, 2017, the ceremony of the solemn consecration of St Andrew’s flags, which since 2001 was the flags of the Navy of the Russian Federation, took place in Russia-annexed Sevastopol. The blessing ceremony was held for warships and auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy, Religion in Ukraine has reported citing

  • 30 November 2017, 11:28 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Kirill gets insight: only UOC-MP can unite Ukrainian society

    In his speech at the Council of Bishops, which started in Moscow on November 29, Patriarch Kirill made a mention of Ukraine. The speech of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church could not boast any originality, as it reproduced all the same theses, which were repeatedly voiced.

  • 21 November 2017, 11:22 | Land and property problems | 

    Seized premises of the UOC-KP to be passed to Crimean Ministry of Property

    In early 2016, the Crimean Diocesan Department of the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate, according to the decision of the “Arbitration Court of the Republic of Crimea,” was deprived of parts of the premises in the center of Simferopol, which houses the Cathedral of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles, Prince Volodymyr and Olga.

  • 25 October 2017, 15:18 | Religion and policy | 

    "Kremlin needs a total religious war in Ukraine", Archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

  • 25 October 2017, 11:01 | Religion and policy | 

    Occupants persecute all churches in Donbas except for the UOC-MP

    Only the churches of the UOC (MP) thrive in the occupied territory of the Donbas, as they serve the occupiers. This is stated in the study “Occupied Donbass: Economics, Demography, Impact Groups, Strategies for Ukraine,” jointly conducted by the Center for the Study of Russia and the Occupied Territories and the “Delovaya Stolitsa” edition.

  • 20 October 2017, 10:08 | Terrorism | 

    UOC-MP clergy in Kadiyivka blessed a regiment of the so called Luhansk People Republic Cossaks to wage war on Ukraine

    Andriy Kovalev, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Chairman, a public activist, in response to the events, urged the leaders of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine to ban the service of two “terrorists in the robes”, and the SBU - to put Fr Serhii Varnavsky and Ioan Redenko on a list of wanted persons.

  • 17 October 2017, 14:07 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    The so-called Expert Council in Luhansk decides the destiny of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The Expert Council for Religious Expertise will begin its work in Luhansk, a local newspaper reports citing the so-called Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in the so called Luhansk People Republic (part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian and pro-Russian militants), according to Hromadske Radio.