Translated by Ollie Richardson
The former fighter of the ATO, and nowadays the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Yury Bereza at a session on May 24th, 2017, named a new reason to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy – its parishioners with icons in 2014 stopped Ukrainian tanks in Donbass.
“Russian tanks, Russian weapons came under the leadership of the Russian Church. I want to remind that in 2014, in March, representatives of commercial Moscow Church threw themselves with icons under Ukrainian tanks. It was vividly highlighted on the pro-Russian channels,” he said.
Earlier in the Verkhovna Rada a bill was registered, which, should it be adopted, will legalize the persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) as a Church whose “spiritual center is in the aggressor country”.
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