“Right Sector” Picketed Ukraine’s Canonical Churches, Aggressively Promoted the Newly Created Schismatic “Church”

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



On January 6th right-wing radicals carried out the All-Ukrainian rally “Switch to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. This was reported by Right Sector.

The nationalists tried to convince parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] in different cities to switch to the local [uncanonical – ed] church.

In the Kiev region the nationalists visited the Boryspol diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed]. “Activists carried out explanatory work with believers about the importance of switching to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and severing ties with the uncanonical [sic – ed] sect,” writes the website of “Right Sector”.

In Odessa there were skirmishes between nationalists and believers of Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] at the Svyato- Ilyinsky monastery.


Representatives of “Right Sector” visited the Cathedral of the Nativity of Mary in Khmelnitsky, having urged local believers not to be indifferent to the fate of the Ukrainian Local Church and to “renounce chekists in cassocks”.

Activists from the Poltava branch of “Right Sector” visited the Cathedral of Makariy Kanevskiy. There they urged believers of the “church, which is is being temporarily used by the Moscow Patriarchate, to switch to the restored Orthodox Church in Ukraine and not cooperate with an aggressive structure (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate) that promotes the military aggression of Moscow,” reported the nationalists. They also added: “Unfortunately, parishioners did not want to listen to common sense and tried to convince the nationalists that the Moscow church being in Ukraine is a normal phenomenon”.

In the Lvov, Sumy, Ternopol, Chernigov, and Rovno regions right-wing radical activists held similar rallies.

In Vinnytsia on January 6th, as the nationalists reported, “Moscow priests rejected the offer of joining the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, having called Tomos of Autocephaly ‘the political charter of schismatics'”. One of the furious supporters of the Moscow church blamed the nationalists for the “fratricidal war against the population of Donbass”.

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