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Ukraine may ban churches affiliated with Russia within its territory

Authorities in Ukraine have called for banning churches with Russian affiliation within its borders. The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine has urged the government to formulate a law that would ban churches within Ukraine that are possibly receiving instructions from Russia. The security council has further asked for investigating “subversive activities of Russian special services in the religious environment of Ukraine” and also to take action against unspecified individuals. Moreover, five parishes have been recently raided by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), that are within the the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and were previously affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church. A former head of a diocese, who has been suspected of conducting a Pro-Moscow campaign in association with the Russian Orthodox church leader, has also been provided with a notice of suspicion.

Christian Headlines reports:

Ukrainian authorities recently called for a ban on churches within its borders that are affiliated with Russia.

As reported by Reuters, Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council asked the government to make a law banning churches that are possibly taking orders from Russia.

In an address last Thursday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy argued that pro-Russian influences are trying to “weaken Ukraine from within” as war rages on between Ukraine and Russia.

“We have to create conditions where no actors dependent on the aggressor state [Russia] will have an opportunity to manipulate Ukrainians and weaken Ukraine from within,” Zelenskyy said. “We will never allow anyone to build an empire inside the Ukrainian soul.”

The security council also called for an investigation into alleged “subversive activities of Russian special services in the religious environment of Ukraine” and a call for sanctions against unspecified individuals.

Meanwhile, last Friday, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) raided at least five parishes belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that had previously been linked to the Russian Orthodox Church.

A former diocese head was also served a notice of suspicion by authorities. The former leader is suspected of organizing a Pro-Moscow campaign with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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