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  • 14 May 2019, 13:28 | Freedom of Conscience | view video | 

    Russia responsible for oppression of religious freedom in occupied Crimea and Donbass, states Resolution

    The complete de-occupation of the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Donbass will stop the brutal persecution of believers from different confessions inspired by Russian occupation authorities, and restore religious freedom. The participants of the Round Table on Religious Freedom in Ukraine stated it in the Resolution released on May 14, 2019 in the press center of the UMCM in Kyiv, the Institute for Religious Freedom reports.

  • 7 May 2019, 08:06 | Monitoring

    In Donetsk, There Will Be Matzah Once Again

    News from the frontlines of eastern Ukraine’s five-year-old frozen war has long slipped from Western headlines, but for the people living in the region, daily reminders of the conflict’s existence abound. On the outskirts of Donetsk, a city of just under a million residents, the sounds of fighting—even the occasional mortar—can be heard, and though less frequent and nowhere near the ferocity it once was, it’s still there. Another reminder is the nightly military curfew, imposed by the government of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, requiring all individuals to be off the streets between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • 3 May 2019, 11:53 | International relations | 

    Ukraine urges OSCE SMM to investigate seizure of OCU church in occupied area of Donetsk region

    Ukraine urges the OSCE SMM to check reports that the Russian occupation administration has confiscated the church and church property of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) in the village of Kuznetsovo-Mykhailivka.

  • 1 May 2019, 08:01 | Monitoring

    The wounds of division among the Orthodox pilgrims in Donbas

    The autocephalous "schism" was long overdue, since the beginning of the clashes, "since the illegality became the norm, to the point of reducing the Church to a bacchanal, but maybe it's good, so we can weed out the weeds". The intolerant radicalism of the Orthodox in the Donbass is a consequence of the profound rift that occurred between the people of these territories, who went through countries, families and churches, turning even their closest relatives into bitter enemies.

  • 29 April 2019, 09:27 | Faith and weapon | 

    Occupiers opened fire three times at Easter

    In the past few days, the armed formations of the Russian Federation violated the cease-fire regime three times, two of them with the use of a 82 mm mortar, banned by the Minsk agreements.

  • 26 April 2019, 08:38 | Faith and weapon | 

    Head of UGCC blessed over three thousand pieces of Easter bread for Ukrainian soldiers

    On Thursday, April 25, Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church sanctified more than three thousand pieces of Easter bread for the Ukrainian military in the East of Ukraine, at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kyiv. They will be handed over to the soldiers by chaplains, who will visit Donbas in the next few days.

  • 17 April 2019, 10:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Poroshenko: Easter truce to be announced in Donbas starting April 18

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced plans to implement on April 18 the ceasefire regime in Donbas before Easter holidays.

  • 15 April 2019, 20:33 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian National Women’s League of America supports seminarians from Volyn, Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts, some who served in volunteer battalions and in the Armed Forces of Ukraine

    According to its value statement, the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA) is guided by principles of Christian ethics, religious tolerance, political non-partisanship and universal respect for human rights. It is in keeping with these very values that the UNWLA announces its newest program: UNWLA Supports the Spiritual Rebirth of Ukraine. As part of this program, the UNWLA will be providing financial support to two educational institutions: the Three Saints Theological Seminary of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Volyn Theological Academy.

  • 12 April 2019, 22:05 | Monitoring

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Orthodox cathedral, more Protestant churches raided

    Officials of the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic raided at least two Protestant Sunday worship meetings on 24 March. Courts chose not to punish two pastors. On 4 April, anti-"extremism" police raided the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Holy Trinity Cathedral in Luhansk, diocesan offices and the homes of two priests. A police officer refused to say if further measures against the priests are planned.

  • 12 April 2019, 09:05 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Moscow Snuffs Out Religious Liberty in Eastern Ukraine

    No surprise, the Soviet Union was one of the great religious persecutors. There is nothing more fearsome to totalitarian dictatorships than being challenged by those claiming loyalty to a transcendent realm that lies well beyond the political one.

  • 3 April 2019, 14:36 | Monitoring

    Protestant pastor arrested for ‘illegal worship’ in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

    A Protestant pastor from Sverdlovsk has become the latest religious figure to be arrested in the self-proclaimed and Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]. Although Mykola [Nikolai] Muratov and several other people were released after being interrogated and held for many hours, they were forced to sign undertakings not to leave the area, and were clearly facing ‘prosecution’ for supposedly ‘illegal’ worship.

  • 18 March 2019, 09:26 | Monitoring

    Luhansk: Baptist Union Churches forced to halt public worship

    Officials of the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic threatened Baptist Union pastors not to meet for worship, sending "a clear message that they will not tolerate such meetings for worship any more". Officials regard all Protestant churches as "illegal". 82-year-old independent Baptist pastor Anatoly Tolstenko faces court on 21 March.

  • 13 March 2019, 23:45 | Monitoring

    The Jews of Donetsk still living in the midst of Ukraine's ongoing armed conflict

    Keeping Jewish life alive is a daily struggle for the local community of 3,000 in a city held by pro-Russian militants

  • 7 March 2019, 10:08 | Religion and society | 

    Chaplains of Volyn bless icons by ATO soldiers

    In the Rivne Regional Hospital of War Veterans, hosting the Center for Rehabilitation and Treatment, Mykhailo Buchak, Chief Military Chaplain of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Archpriest Mykhailo Buchak, along with Archpriests Ivan Hureev, Vitaliy Antonyuk and Yevheniy Rud blessed the icons by soldiers and their mothers during rehabilitation.

  • 6 March 2019, 23:21 | Monitoring

    In War-torn Donbas, Slavic Gospel Association Steps In

    Eastern Ukraine. Gas lines have been cut and people have no heat. Slavic Gospel Association is combating this by providing aid to the local Bible-believing Church through Operation Winter Warmth.

  • 5 March 2019, 09:58 | Terrorism | 

    LPR terrorists prepare trial over 82-year-old Protestant pastor

    Today, on March 5, in Luhansk, a “trial” will be held over an 82-year-old Protestant pastor, Anatoliy Tolstenko. The militants presented charges to the clergyman as he was celebrating the Divine Service.

  • 25 February 2019, 21:51 | Orthodox Church of Ukraine | 

    OCU Primate calls on international community to protect churches and clergy of OCU in occupied Donbas

    Metropolitan Epifaniy has appealed to the UN, OSCE, EU and guarantors of the Minsk Process to exert influence on the occupiers who are set to seize Ukrainian Orthodox churches and to deport the priests of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Head of the OCU made this appeal on February 25.

  • 13 February 2019, 11:58 | Monitoring

    How 'Pope for Ukraine' aims to help displaced families

    Pope for Ukraine is a Vatican initiative that aims to collaborate with non-Catholic entities to respond to the emergency humanitarian situation amid conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • 7 February 2019, 11:48 | Religion and society | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav: there is great interest in UGCC in Central and Eastern Ukraine

    In the Central and Eastern Ukraine, a positive outbreak of activity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church can be observed. There is a special interest in our Church. However, we lack priests to answer these people's needs.

  • 11 January 2019, 20:12 | Monitoring

    Donetsk pastor speaks out about Ukrainian Donbas’ struggle against Russian aggression

    Ukrainians from Donbas, many of whom have paid a huge price for their courage and commitment to Ukraine, are tired of stereotypes about Donbas residents being ‘pro-Russian’ and claims that they brought the events of the last five years upon themselves. It was to set the record straight that Sergey Kosyak, a Ukrainian pastor, volunteer and one of the coordinators of the Donetsk Prayer Marathon, decided to publish an important book chronicling resistance to Russia’s aggression.