• 8 February 2019, 12:03 | Scandals, crime | 

    UOC-MP Metropolitan asked Putin to pardon Russian criminal leader

    The real purpose of the visit of Metropolitan Varfolomiy of Rivne and Ostroh of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate to Moscow was not to participate in the events of the 10th anniversary of Patriarch Kirill's enthronement, but a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation in order to request pardon for a head of one of the most influential Russian gangs Finagin Sergei Viktorovich, dubbed in the criminal world as “Fin”), a leader of the criminal Kingisepp group, which arose in 1992 in Moscow. This is reported by the site Rivnenski Novyny (Rivne news) with a link to blog.meta.ua.

  • 7 February 2019, 09:55 | Orthodox Church of Ukraine | 

    12 Kyivan clergymen, intellectuals of the UOC MP join OCU

    The website of the Kyiv Metropolis of the UOC Moscow Patriarchate posted a list of clergymen who went "into a split," that is, to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which in January 2019 received autocephaly from the Church of Constantinople. From the list, it follows that the intellectual elite, which for a long time had been involved in the formation of church politics and education, left the UOC MP, reports Religion in Ukraine.

  • 5 February 2019, 10:20 | Religion and policy | 

    Russian political scientist: Russia won't wage war on Ukraine over church issue, it waits for regime change

    The Kremlin counts on the change of power in Ukraine after the election, therefore, the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that “Russia reserves the right to respond to the encroachment on the freedom of religion of the inhabitants of Ukraine” is unlikely to lead to military escalation over the coming months. This opinion was expressed in a comment to the publication Gordon by Russian political scientist Andriy Piontkovsky.

  • 1 February 2019, 10:22 | Religion and policy | 

    Putin ready to defend “canonical Orthodox” in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia reserves the right to respond in the event of a threat of violations of the right to freedom of religion in neighboring countries.

  • 31 January 2019, 11:25 | Religion and society | 

    Yelensky: mobile groups of UOC-MP travel across Ukraine to exert pressure on parishioners

    Mobile groups of the Moscow Patriarchate -- with so-called physical protection units that do not allow believers to exercise their will -- are currently criss crossing Ukraine.

  • 29 January 2019, 11:41 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Metropolitan Onufriy imposes ban on UOC MP priests to concelebrate with Metropolitan Volodymyr’s former spokesman

    The UOC-Moscow Patriarchate has imposed a ban on the former spokesman of the UOC-MP and former press secretary to His Beatitude Volodymyr (Sabodan) Fr George Kovalenko.

  • 24 January 2019, 14:50 | Orthodox Church of Ukraine | 

    In Vinnytsia region, UOC-MP priests and “titushkas” disrupt meeting on transfer to OCU

    On January 23, the clergymen of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate together with several men of athletic physique disrupted the meeting of the parishioners in the village of Pysarivka, Vinnytsia region which discussed the issue of transition to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 23 January 2019, 11:33 | UOC (MP) | 

    Odessa parishioners given fake news about Constantinople and agitated in UOC-MP churches

    The signature collection campaign against the transfer of St Panteleimon Monastery to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is ongoing in the churches of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate in Odessa, although there is no reliable information about the intention to transfer the monastery to Constantinople, Religion in Ukraine reports citing Depo.Odesa.

  • 18 January 2019, 14:04 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Over 100 parishes joined OCU

    Already more than 100 parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate have expressed willingness to join the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 16 January 2019, 12:12 | Scandals, crime | 

    Village council chairman held hostage by UOC MP priest supported by unknown persons in Volyn region

    Unknown persons led by a clergyman of the UOC-MP have blocked the chairman and the secretary in the village council premises in the village of Bronnitsy, Kamin-Kashirsky District, in Volyn. They demand to see the lists of people who voted for their parish to change jurisdiction to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 16 January 2019, 11:42 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    First UOC MP community in Chernihiv region moves to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

    In Chernihiv region, the first community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate has transferred to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The rector of St Catherine Church (OCU) in Chernihiv, Fr Yevhen Orda, said it on his Facebook page, UNIAN reports.

  • 16 January 2019, 10:44 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    They count on the power of Moscow – Filaret explains unwillingness of members of former UOC to join OCU

    Honorary Patriarch Filaret of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine explained the unwillingness of some representatives of the former UOC-Moscow Patriarchate to join the OCU by their reliance on the power of Moscow.

  • 11 January 2019, 11:52 | Religion and society | 

    Tetyana Derkach: Everybody saw that “church schism” promised by ROC is hoax

    The Russian Orthodox Church was hoping to disrupt the situation of the OCU, they wanted to influence the consciousness of parishioners. They were preparing for the clashes between parishes. But now, Russia is not backed by the troops it was counting on.

  • 11 January 2019, 11:40 | Religion and policy | 

    Russian propagandist: ROC to be demonstratively and painfully beaten

    In Russia, they believe that the Russian Orthodox Church and the ideology of the Russian world may disappear forever as the Kremlin's positions weaken. And it was triggered by the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 4 January 2019, 09:58 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Once Tomos is received, OCU Primate will invite Patriarch Bartholomew to Kyiv

    The Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy (Dumenko), plans to invite Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to visit Ukraine once the Tomos is received.

  • 3 January 2019, 10:56 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Transition of communities to OCU to weaken ROC not only in Ukraine, but in universal Orthodoxy, expert says

    Yevhen Mahda, Director of the Institute of World Politics, stated that the flow of religious communities to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine would weaken the position of the Russian Orthodox Church not only in Ukraine, but throughout the entire Orthodox world.

  • 27 December 2018, 11:09 | UOC (MP) | 

    UOC-MP set to appeal to Constitutional Court to retain its name

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate has claimed it will appeal to the Constitutional Court because of the law that obliges it to indicate its affiliation with the Russian Orthodox Church. This was stated by the Chair of the Legal Department of the UOC-MP, MP Olexandr Bakhov, Religion in Ukraine reports, referring to Hromadske.ua.

  • 26 December 2018, 13:20 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Process gains momentum: 20 communities in Vinnytsia region joined OCU

    Over 20 parishes of the UOC-MP have agreed to move to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Vinnytsia region.

  • 24 December 2018, 18:53 | Orthodox Church of Ukraine | 

    Metropolitan Symeon predicts large-scale move of clergy to OCU

    Metropolitan Symeon (Shostatsky) of Vynnytsia and Bar, who is among the founders of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, named a number of reasons for transition of a large number of priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate. He also expressed confidence that in the future the transition of parishes from the UOC-MP to the Local Church will be irreversible.

  • 23 December 2018, 12:50 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Transcarpathian communities predicted to actively transfer to OCU once Tomos is granted

    Currently, there are six communities in Transcarpathia which confirmed their intention to move from the subordination of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate to the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, most of them in Uzhhorod, but this movement will gain momentum once the Tomos is granted.