A bill banning the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine sent to the parliamentary committee for consideration
Conscience and Religious Organizations". Namely, the ban applies to religious organizations (associations) whose management center (management) is located outside of Ukraine in a state that is recognized by law as having committed military aggression against Ukraine and/or temporarily occupied part of the territory of Ukraine, Glavkom reports.
"In Ukraine, the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine (formerly the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate) continues to operate in its essence – an extensive all-Ukrainian intelligence and sabotage structure that has worked and continues to work in favor of Putin all these years. For example, on February 25, 2022, the archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Mykhailo Pavlushenko, who helped the Russian army, was detained near Gostomel in Kyiv region. On March 16, 2022, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, father Onufriy, was detained in Kyiv. During a search of his home, it was revealed that he collaborated with the special services of the Russian Federation. And such cases reoccur. All this demonstrates the need to legislate a ban on the activities of religious organizations and associations led by states that are recognized in Ukraine as having committed military aggression against our state," the explanatory note to the bill reads.
As of March 28, the bill was sent to the select parliamentary committee.