Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address Thursday that Ukraine would move to impose restrictions on religious organizations in the country with links to Russia.
“The National Security and Defense Council has instructed the government to propose to (parliament) a bill to ban religious organizations with links to centers of influence in Russia from operating in Ukraine, ‘ said Mr. Zelensky.
“National security officials should strengthen measures to identify and combat the subversive activities of Russian special services in the religious space in Ukraine.”
Ukraine has been under Moscow’s spiritual leadership since at least the 17th century, but part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke with Moscow in 2019 due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in the Donbas.
In May, war caused the Moscow-backed branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to cut ties with Russia, in a historic move against Russia’s spiritual government.
Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, made headlines in October when he said that the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin was mandated by God as he congratulated the leader on his 70th birthday. Russia.
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