Expert: Donetsk “separatists” preserve Ukrainian Church, not Ukrainian “patriots”

24.12.2018, Moscow.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church can now freely and openly exist only outside Ukraine, Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency political observer Vladimir Kornilov said on December 23 on the air of the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program at the Russia One channel.

According to the expert, ever since the Ukrainian authorities have issued an act on the forceful renaming of the traditional Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the local nationalists will have legitimate grounds for their attacks on churches. “The Ukrainian authorities and the Ukrainian nationalists (would-be Ukrainian) will trample, tear off, and break signs with the word ‘Ukrainian’,” the political scientist said.

He also noted that after such actions, the real Ukrainian church will only continue to exist outside of Ukraine. “Do you know where Ukrainian Orthodox churches will remain? In Crimea, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and the Lugansk People’s Republic.”

To summarize, Vladimir Kornilov asked a rhetorical question, which does not need to be answered, “So, these authorities, are they pro-Ukrainian or anti-Ukrainian? The answer is obvious.”

On December 22, 2018, the president of Ukraine signed an act which obliged the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (of the Patriarchate of Moscow) to change its name to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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