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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Ukrainian nationalists went for broke to keep the Orthodox in Kiev

The procession of the world, which is moving to Kiev two columns from the West and East faces new obstacles from the “Right sector” and other “patriots of Ukraine”. Got to the bookmark of explosives in the way of believers. The interior Ministry, citing security concerns, also obstructed. But there is hope that the prayer on the Vladimir hill still held.

Interior Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said Tuesday that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) agreed to change the format of the procession.

“Radical Christianity is just one of the attributes of ethnic life. A Church that does not agree with this role, it is very annoying them”

“We have reached agreement with the head onyfriy (the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv – approx. OPINION) is that now we localise this situation, and the believers stay the course, Board the bus and proceed to the camp,” reports his words TASS. Thus Avakov promised that on Wednesday at a prayer service on Vladimir hill in Kiev will be provided full security.

On Tuesday morning a procession near Kiev was blocked. According to the Advisor Avakov Anton Gerashchenko, on the route of the procession was discovered two dummy explosive devices, and two tabs grenades with smoke bombs”. The message of this discovery was the reason that the interior Ministry has blocked the movement of participants in the procession through the streets of Kiev.

However, as it became known on Tuesday, the procession began to move to Zhitomir highway in the direction of Kiev, despite the lack of resolution on the part of the staff of the national police.

We will remind, the Ukrainian religious Procession of peace, love and prayer for Ukraine began in the East of Svyatogorsk Lavra (Donetsk region), July 3, and in the West of Ukraine – 9 July of the Pochayiv Lavra in Ternopil region. Believers expect that, on 27 July, on the eve of the celebration of the Baptism of Kievan Rus and to the memory of Prince Vladimir, two processions will meet in Kiev on Vladimirskaya Gorka and together with the Orthodox capital and pilgrims from all over Ukraine will go to Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

To stop at any cost

“Discovered in the morning dummy mines and real combat bookmark with grenades left we have a doubt about the reality of threats and provocations”, – wrote Avakov on his page in Facebook.

Note that something very similar threats were voiced at the highest level. So, last Friday the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko has said he would not support the initiative of the procession of the UOC in Kyiv, and “advised” the buses with pilgrims to “go to Moscow” and “to simulate the progress”. Your “Council”, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine was accompanied by a rather strange phrase: “Travel to the places that Prince Vladimir had never imagined that they would be Christian will be more useful than traveling around the capital.”

Still, most likely, the “battle of the bookmark with grenades” – the handiwork of “Ukrainian patriots” nationalists, who from the beginning were let go godfather.

“After 2 km of all-Ukrainian religious procession can expect to provocation, became known as the Union of Orthodox journalists from their sources. About a dozen cars (owned, according to preliminary data, the “Right sector”) has moved to the border of the Kharkiv and Poltava regions,” – said in a statement on July 12 the message of the Union of Orthodox journalists (SPM) of Ukraine. “Young people in camouflage uniforms from the “Right sector”… made a provocation during the procession of believers of the UOC, passing the path of Svyatogorsk in Kiev as a part of national progress in the world” – July 13, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

18 July in Zhytomyr nationalists “Right sector” and activists of “Automaidan Zhitomir” blocked the road to the believers.

In a media interview, the battalion commander of the OUN (Organization of Ukrainian nationalists, banned in Russia) Nicholas Kochanowski did not hide that, despite the promised protection of pilgrims by the police, the nationalists will attempt to stop the movement of participants in the procession.

Fortunately, the “controversy” was limited to hysterical shouts to the marchers (with essential references) and attempts to scatter the faithful eggs.

“Patriots” established a checkpoint at the entrance to Kiev from Zhitomir, earlier, a similar checkpoint appeared on the opposite side of the Kyiv – Boryspil highway. Over the roadblock was raised by nationalist symbolism. It was reported that the rule of law there is guarded by several dozen representatives of the security forces. Members of the city Council of Boryspil actually supported right-wing ultras, forbidding the Orthodox to pass through the city. On Monday it was reported that the participants in the procession decided to bypass on the bypass road district centre of Boryspil, Kyiv region in order to avoid provocations.

“People who have inside infernal malice”

The Chairman of the Patriarch’s Department for motherhood and childhood Archpriest Dimitry Smirnov is convinced that the bitterness of the opponents of the procession due to the spiritual condition of these people. “It is, of course, painful. They can only sympathize, and it is unlikely to sympathize, because they live in this state. This is akin to the state that motivated the man who was stabbed to death in Japan of invalids in boarding school. Inside a crazy anger and it dictates certain reactions to what is happening”, – Smirnov told the newspaper VIEW.

According to him, the decision to hold such a procession was wise. “Better than you can imagine. But the representative of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada said that the procession is a foreign phenomenon for them (we will add that the speaker of Parliament Andriy Parubiy called the procession of believers, “the Kremlin project” – approx. OPINION)! That is, they are people of another spirit, the Church acts them out. Same thing the Russian people suffered when the Bolshevik raged… It’s the people who have inside mad infernal malice. This anger all the time looking for the exit. And take vengeance on the defenseless… It’s absolutely sick mind, to be treated,” he said.

Smirnov stressed that the elements of common sense is still preserved, as the participants in the course were not attacks. “But the procession and its value does not diminish from the fact that the pilgrims will travel to Kiev on buses… People are praying. There is no demonstration. It’s not a parade! It is a call of the people of Ukraine to pray. Opponents of the already possessed so much that I forgot everything, only they are driven by hatred, irritation, anger. They have been brainwashed. They gladly succumbed to it,” – said Archpriest.

“The opposition will continue to grow”

A member of the presidential Council for interethnic relations Bogdan Bezpalko believes that Ukraine in the face of their leaders and those who originally focused on building the ethnocratic state is always bad attitude of the UOC-MP, starting from the first time Ukraine gained independence. He recalled that in the early ‘ 90s, some radicals proposed to capture the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.

The split of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine: the membership, the leaders, the parishioners of the UOC-MP is definitely not homogeneous. And yet this organization, which still has a large human base and authority, it represents an invisible, mystical canonical ties with Moscow. This is most annoying of Ukrainian nationalists,” said Bezpalko newspaper VIEW.

He noted that the UOC-MP in the face of some of their leaders do not always share the goals and objectives of the current Ukrainian state, or the methods that the state uses to resolve certain issues.

“I, for example, caused a great surprise and respect, the fact that at the time, Metropolitan Onufry, once among Ukrainian politicians, refused to stand and honor the memory of “heroes ATO.” It is the act of a very brave man,” – said the expert.

Bogdan Bezpalko sure that the radical ideology is a variant of paganism, where Christianity is only one of the attributes of national or ethnic life. Therefore, the Church that does not agree with this role in the person of its Primate, the faithful, the “very annoying them, so radicals are trying to dominate or destroy.”

“The confrontation will increase. In this situation it is clearly seen that in fact the goals and objectives of Ukrainian nationalists – it is not something constructive and completely destructive. This desire to remake society by force under the Procrustean bed, which they consider ideal for the Ukrainian state and nation,” predicts Bogdan Bezpalko.

Split as the status quo

The current difficult situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine – the legacy of the collapse of the Soviet Union. There are three major Orthodox structure of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (self-governing Church within the Russian Orthodox Church) and two unrecognized by the world Orthodox groups – and that’s if you don’t count the small splinter groups from the dissenters.

In 1989, the Ukrainian SSR was legalized the activities of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), whose head was declared to be living in Canada, Metropolitan Mstislav (born Stepan Skrypnyk, in 1920-21 – a personal aide of the head ataman Petliura and the poles – the Vice-mayor of Rivne). Mstislav first he called himself “Patriarch of all Rus-Ukraine”.

Later, this same high-sounding title was the head of another schismatic group, the former Metropolitan of Kyiv Filaret (Denisenko). After Filaret initiated the internal conflict in 1991 and 1992, the former Metropolitan of Kiev was cut off from Sana’a. In 1997, the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church for schismatic activities excommunicated and anathematized – that was recognized by other local churches.

In Ukraine continues the grips of churches of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, representatives of the non-canonical Church groups. As announced in early June his Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill, has already captured 31 temple of the UOC, 12 remain in serious condition and can also be captured. 10 June in Ternopil oblast, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, seized by the supporters of the “Kiev Patriarchate” and extremists “Right sector rushed into the temple shouting “Glory to Ukraine! Death to the enemies!”). The claims were in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the residence of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Onufriy, and the Pochayiv Lavra in Western Ukraine.

* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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