Ukrainian officers on Friday ordered a traditionally Russian-aligned wing of the Orthodox Church to depart a monastery advanced in Kyiv the place it’s based mostly, the newest transfer towards a denomination regarded with deep suspicion by the federal government.
Kyiv is cracking down on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) – which accepted the authority of the patriarch of Moscow till after Russia launched its full-scale invasion final yr – on grounds that it’s pro-Russian and collaborating with Moscow. The Moscow patriarch, Kirill, has strongly backed the invasion.
The UOC says it has severed its ties with Russia and the Moscow patriarchate, and is the sufferer of a political witch hunt.
The Ukrainian tradition ministry stated the UOC had been ordered to depart the 980-year-old Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery advanced, the place it has its headquarters.
In an announcement, it stated a probe had revealed the UOC “violated the phrases of the settlement relating to the usage of state property”, however didn’t give any particulars.
The UOC, which has till March 29 to depart, stated in a Fb submit that the outcomes of the probe had been “clearly biased and grossly violate authorized norms”.
Since October, the Safety Service of Ukraine has recurrently carried out searches at UOC church buildings, imposed sanctions on its bishops and monetary backers, and opened legal instances towards dozens of its clergymen.
Authorities stated that they had discovered pro-Russian literature on church premises, and Russian residents being harboured there, allegations the UOC denied.
Most Ukrainian Orthodox believers belong to a separate department of the religion, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, shaped 4 years in the past by uniting branches unbiased of Moscow’s authority.
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