Former US Ambassador John Herbst Openly Spoke About America’s Meddling in Ukraine’s Religious Affairs

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

18:18:30
01/11/2018

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The Americans already don’t hide the fact that they are behind the war declared against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed].

Voice of America reported on Twitter that the former ambassador of the US in Kiev and director of the Eurasian Center of the Atlantic Council John Herbst declared that after the unifying sobor of the “united Ukrainian Orthodox Church” (which, as Filaret warned, the majority of the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] won’t be allowed to attend so that they don’t vote incorrectly), the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in large quantities will switch to the side of Ukraine.

“Immediately after the ‘sobor’ 10-15 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) will switch to the side of Ukraine”, he said.

Herbst also said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] is a reliable tool of Russian politics, which has lost legitimacy in Ukraine because of the Kremlin’s propaganda.

Moreover, according to the former ambassador of the US, Moscow will continue to send its messengers for provocations in the local church.

It is remarkable that the word “sobor” in the tweet of Voice of America is quoted. They understand very well that this “sobor” has no relation to Orthodoxy. 

[Herbst is involved in the session that starts at 2:02:45 and ends at 3:35:00. It should be noted that one of the participants of the event is Andrey Chirovsky, who is the “Founding Director, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto”. I.e., it’s no wonder that to Herbst’s left there is a second-generation Ukrainian emigrant and ardent Uniate.]

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