Ukrainian Orthodox Church
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is the descendant of the metropolis of Kievan Rus' within the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople established in Kiev in the 10th century. Due to invasion of the Mongols in the 13th century, the metropolitan seat was moved to Moscow.
The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has been facing pressure from Ukrainian nationalists since the 1990s. By 2018, this turned into a large scale anti-Moscow Patriarchate campaign by the U.S.-backed Maidan regime to force a merger with the schismatic 'Orthodox Church of Ukraine of the Kiev Patriarchate', an entity created in 1992 as a competitor of the canonical church. The Kiev Patriarchate is unrecognized in the Orthodox world. As of 2023 the Kiev regime attempted to make the 'Orthodox Church of Ukraine of the Kiev Patriarchate' the only church in the country.
Soldiers of the Ukrainian regime were given a leaflet from the Kiev Patriarchate that read,
|"You are a defender of Ukraine. Your duty is to defend Independence and fight Russian occupants. Your duty is to wipe the Russian nation from the face of the Earth. Your enemy is the Russian World which was created by defective sinful souls. To kill a Russian is not a sin."|
- See also: Maidan coup
On the night of February 22–23, 2014 representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate threatened the forcible seizure of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. On the evening of the 22nd, on Maidan, its representatives propagated false information about the "threat" of the removal of the church valuables of Kiev Pechersk Lavra from Ukraine. Starting from the stage at Maidan and moving on to social networking sites, provocative appeals began to be circulated: "Guys, everybody to Lavra now! The monks are taking the icons out of Lavra to Russia! Never let them do that; never allow such a thing! We must intervene!" As a result, a group of representatives from the Maidan Self-Defense Force went to Lavra.
Approximately 300 armed people went up to the Lavra walls and seized control of all the ancient monastery's entrances and exits, deciding at their own discretion who should be permitted in or out.
The militants armed with batons detained a vehicle belonging to the Russian Embassy in Ukraine as it was leaving the Kiev Pechersk Lavra and demanded they be allowed to "inspect" it. Two deputies from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine participated in the search. When the Russian diplomat pointed out to them that their actions were in flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 17, 1961, a Member of Parliament from the UDAR Party stated the following: "We have already broken so much over the past three months that this is just nonsense."
The inhabitants of Lavra were threatened and called upon to voluntarily abandon the monastery. The radicals informed them that if they refuse, then "as soon as the corresponding order arrives from above," i.e. from ‘Patriarch’ Filaret of the unrecognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate (UOC KP), "they will be able to use force."
The representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate who had arrived with them declared that the Verkhovna Rada would pass a decision on the following day concerning "the transfer of the Lavra to the Kiev Patriarchate» and thus it was imperative that the monastery be released in order to avoid bloodshed."
On February 24, 2014 the Maidan Self-Defense Force took Pochaev Lavra in Ternopil under their control.
On March 2, 2014, church parishioners found pamphlets on windows and doors of thirteen Orthodox churches in Kovel in the Volyn district. They were titled: "Get out, moskal!" They contained crude insults directed at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) priests in addition to their photographs.
On the night of March 7–8, 2014, an act of vandalism was committed against the Church of St. John the Theologian belonging to the Zhitomir Eparchy in the village of Solnechniy in Zhitomir district. The following was painted on the walls of the church: "Moscow Sell-outs" and "Moskal Butt Lickers."
In late March 2014 a prominent activist from one of the unrecognized Orthodox confessions in Ukraine, the so-called Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (Cherkassy Eparchy), the abbot Alexander Shirokov, received a threatening letter in the name of the National Socialist Workers Party of Ukraine. In particular, it was stated in it that if Shirokov did not cease his "pro-Moscow and anti-constitutional enemy agitation" on internet social networking sites, the same party would change its "heretofore still tolerant and polite» relationship to him. We will have to start using more radical methods of a physical or annihilating nature against you or your relatives, including those located in Russia," the letter said.
- See also: Zelensky regime
Unreported in the Western media propaganda complex were the Zelensky regime's attacks on the Chirstian church. Priests were arrested and property seized in a fruitless hunt for weapons stored in churches. Jacob Dreizen, who is fluent in Russian, summarized the attacks in December 2022:
|"The head (by other accounts, the press office) of the Ukraine’s military intelligence, the G.U.R., suggested the priests be traded for Ukrainian soldiers held by Russia....In reality, the church is GUILTY of sermonizing for peace, and emphasizing (in its prayers and sermons) the historic bonds between Russians and Ukrainians which is seen as a THREAT to the post-2014 regime as, among other sins, it contradicts the “official narrative” (as per school history textbooks) that Ukrainians are an autochthonous ethnos with a distinct lineage and an integral, unified history separate from Russia’s.
In particular, the regime hates that the church, per 1000-plus year tradition refers to “Rus” or “Holy Rus” in its prayers and sermons (e.g., “we pray for the peace of Rus“). Even though (long story short) “Rus“—later Rossiya, or Russia in English—was basically founded in Kiev.
But, the regime hates that word. Regime official history is that the Ukraine has been the Ukraine, since dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
As I wrote before, the church (which is nominally under the Moscow Patriarchate) is also the last cultural bond between the Ukraine and Russia, that is not yet totally suppressed or illegal. So, it has to go. I won’t even be surprised if they dissolve the entire church soon, put its assets under the regime-approved breakaway faction....
It appears, there are now plans to confiscate the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and hand it over to the regime-approved breakaway faction. The head of the Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, a former racketeer from Lugansk, has said something along the lines of, “the site never really belonged to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, it belongs to the people, and now we’ll see who gets to use it.” Speculation is, the first stage of confiscation will involve allowing the regime-approved breakaway faction to use the site co-equally with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church… before the latter is pushed out entirely.
In general…Anyone, today, in the Ukraine, who challenges the narrative or speaks out in any way is basically GUARANTEED to suffer physical harm and/or detention and prosecution for treason, perhaps disappearance, even death."
During the Orthodox Epiphany on January 19, 2023 on Ukrainian dictator Volodymyr Zelensky’s order, the Cabinet of Ministers submitted to the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) a bill banning the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Unable to force millions of believers to abandon their true faith, the Kiev regime began to persecute Ukrainian priests. Churchmen were charged with treason, subversive activities, and “spreading propaganda among parishioners.” The acting Chairman of the SBU claimed at the end of December 2022 that more than 50 criminal cases had been initiated against the priests, whom he called “moles in cassocks”.
The prosecutor’s office opened a criminal case against the vicar of the main Ukrainian shrine of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra.
In the first days of January 2023, the two main churches of the Orthodox shrine were given to schismatics. Already on January 7, 2023 the false Metropolitan held the Orthodox Christmas Service in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra for the first time.
Three thousand members of the security forces placed a cordon around the Lavra to keep parishioners of the canonical church out. Only journalists and neo-Nazis in military uniforms were welcomed into the temple. Many did not even know how to pray.
On Christmas Day, Zelensky deprived 13 priests of their Ukrainian citizenship. On Epiphany, the sectarians staged another sabbath in the main shrine of Kiev. The mayor of Dnipro claimed that there will be no Epiphany dip in the city and wished the Christian citizens to drown themselves.
Ukrainian priests are persecuted by Ukrainian Nazis. In the Odessa region, a man with a knife rushed at a priest during a service but people stopped him. Another unknown person cut the throat of a priest in Vinnitsa. A week before the Epiphany, radicals set fire to a church in the Volyn region, and immediately after the holiday, a fire in a church in the village of Gnedin near Kiev broke out.
The services in Ukrainian churches turned into pagan rituals with devils dancing on the altar. Parishioners are forced to sing the nazi anthem instead of prayers.
- ↑ https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/11/25/dreizin-retires/
- ↑ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-church/ukraines-security-service-raids-home-of-russian-backed-monastery-head-idUSKCN1NZ1I1
- ↑ https://www.france24.com/en/20181203-ukraine-raids-orthodox-churches-russia-ties-putin-poroshenko-azov-crimea
- ↑ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/ukraine-set-establish-church-secure-split-russia-181215075840519.html
- ↑ https://youtu.be/cl0Fh2p_cT4?t=142
- ↑ A derisive term for Russians used by Ukrainians.
- ↑ https://thedreizinreport.com/2022/11/25/dreizin-retires/
- ↑ UKRAINIAN SATANISTS TAKE OVER ORTHODOX CHURCH TO PUT ON DEMONIC ANTI-PUTIN PERFORMANCE, January 22, 2023.