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attack on a monastery in Ukraine as SBU hunts down Russian operatives

In an operation it claims was designed to prevent Russian agents from utilizing the site for sabotage, information gathering, or the storage of weapons, Ukraine’s security service invaded a revered monastery in Kyiv.

ukraine monastery bombed
ukraine monastery bombed

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine today has its headquarters at the 11th-century Orthodox Christian monastery known as Pechersk Lavra.

Following Russia’s invasion, the Church separated from the Moscow Patriarchate.

The raid, according to the Kremlin, was another assault by Kiev against Russian Orthodoxy.

On Tuesday, the SBU security agency in Kiev declared that it was carrying out “counter-intelligence measures” to combat the “subversive actions” of Russian special services. It claimed that areas that draw sizable crowds of people carry a higher danger of attack, sabotage, and hostage-taking.

The monastery, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, was among the Orthodox churches searched by officials on Tuesday in response to concerns that clergy members may have been supporting the Kremlin and extolling Russia.

A week ago, a video of pro-Russian propaganda being performed that alluded to Mother Russia’s awakening surfaced, prompting the opening of a criminal investigation.

Days later, the leader of a diocese in central Ukraine’s Vinnytsia region was tasked with creating leaflets supporting Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine has allegedly been “at war” with the Orthodox Church for a very long time, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Kirill, the patriarch, denounced “an act of intimidation of Christians.”

The patriarch, who serves as the head of the Russian Church, is largely regarded as President Vladimir Putin’s buddy and has endorsed the Russian conflict in Ukraine wholeheartedly.

He painted the conflict as a struggle of “metaphysical significance” against sin and Western pressure to stage “homosexual parades” shortly after the invasion started.
In a more recent statement, he claimed that any Russian who enlisted for duty in Ukraine was performing “an act that is equivalent to a sacrifice”.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) separated from Moscow only six months ago after centuries of being under its control, raising concerns that the Kremlin is still using it to affect Ukrainian public opinion. As a result, the raids were generally welcomed in Ukraine.

The remainder of the nation’s Orthodox population joined the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018, which later obtained independence from the larger Orthodox movement.

The clergy and adherents of the UOC, according to Ukrainian political analyst Valentyn Hladkykh, had to choose between serving “God or the Kremlin executioner” in the end.

source: summarybio.com