Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery: Report 23Nov 2022

Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery, Ukraine's SBU Security Service and Police raided a 1,000-year-old Orthodox....

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Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery
Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery

Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery

The concept of the “Russian World” is at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s new foreign policy doctrine, which aims to protect Russian language, culture and religion. It has been used by conservative ideologies to justify intervention abroad.

Ukraine’s SBU Security Service and Police raided a 1,000-year-old Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv as part of an operation to counter suspicions of “sabotage by Russian special services.” .

The sprawling Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – Kyiv Caves Monastery – located south of the city center, is the headquarters of the Russian-backed Ukrainian Orthodox Church, under the umbrella of the Moscow Patriarchate, and a Ukrainian cultural heritage site. and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Russian Orthodox Church, led by Patriarch Kirill, strongly supports Moscow’s military actions in Ukraine and has condemned the attack as an “act of intimidation”.

The SBU said in a statement:

The search was aimed at preventing the cave monastery from being used as “the center of the Russian world” and was “conducted to investigate suspicions about the use of the facility.”

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The SBU did not provide details on the outcome of Tuesday’s raid. Armed police were seen conducting ID checks and examining the bags of worshipers before allowing them inside.

On Tuesday, the SBU, police and National Guard also searched her two other monasteries and the headquarters of the Moscow Patriarchate in western Ukraine, his SBU branch in the Rivne region said in a statement posted on Facebook. rice field.

The raid will further exacerbate already strained relations between Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Christians. The Kremlin has denounced the raids as the latest chapter in Kyiv’s “war” against the Russian Church.

“Ukraine has been at war with the Russian Orthodox Church for a long time,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters. I can.”

Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery
Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery

Vladimir Legoyda, spokesperson for the Russian Orthodox Church, said: ”

The war deepened the schism between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox Churches, intensifying long-running feuds over religious loyalty. lost several Ukrainian parishes, but many historic churches and monasteries remain loyal in their religious practices and political allegiance to Russia.

Last Friday, the SBU said it had indicted a senior clergyman in the West Vinnitia region for trying to distribute leaflets justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In May, the Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church ended its relationship with the Russian Church over its support for what Moscow called a “special military operation” rather than a war of aggression.

His 2020 survey by his center, Razumkov, based in Kyiv, identified 34% of Ukrainians as members of the main Orthodox Church in Ukraine, and 14% of them as members of the Moscow Patriarchal Church of Ukraine. found to be a member.

Ukrainian security forces raid Russian-backed Kyiv monastery

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