Ukraine is slapping sanctions on 10 senior clerics linked to a pro-Moscow church on the grounds they agreed to work with Russian occupation authorities or justified Moscow’s invasion, the safety service mentioned on Saturday.
The announcement is the most recent in a collection of steps towards a Ukrainian department of the Orthodox Church linked traditionally to Moscow. The Orthodox Church in Russia itself backs the battle.
In a press release, the safety companies mentioned the ten clerics had variously agreed to cooperate with occupation authorities, promoted pro-Russian narratives and justified Russian navy aggression in Ukraine.
Most of the clerics – all both members of the church or carefully linked to it – stay in territories managed by Russia or are overseas, the service mentioned.
“The Security Service of Ukraine continues to carry out comprehensive work on the protection of Ukrainian statehood and will continue to expose persons who threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” it mentioned.
The Ukrainian department formally severed ties with the Russian Orthodox Church final May, however remains to be mistrusted by many Ukrainians and accused of secret co-operation with Russia.
The sanctions, which final for 5 years, will freeze the property of these on the record, block them from exporting capital from Ukraine and forestall them from proudly owning land.
The safety service has additionally carried out a number of raids on parishes and buildings linked to the church, which says it has at all times adopted Ukrainian legal guidelines.
Orthodox Christians make up the vast majority of Ukraine’s 43 million folks. Since the collapse of Soviet rule, competitors has been fierce between the Moscow-linked church and an unbiased Ukrainian church proclaimed quickly after independence.
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