Separatist and supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church is the organizer of rallies in Kyiv against Patriarch Bartholomew

30.12.2020, 14:28
Separatist and supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church is the organizer of rallies in Kyiv against Patriarch Bartholomew - фото 1
Recently, a rally was held in the capital of Ukraine against the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Users of social networks noticed an interesting person among those who stood with posters. One of the photos shows the face of a pro-Russian figure in Ukraine, Valentyn Lukiyanik.

This is reported by Channel 5 with a message to Dukhovny Front Ukrayiny ("Spiritual Front of Ukraine").

As you know, Valentyn Lukiyanik was the head of pro-Russian organizations under the guise of Orthodoxy. Thus, he presided over the "Kyivan Orthodox Brotherhood of St Michael the Archangel" under the omophorion of the UOC-MP, and was also co-chairman of the "Union of Orthodox Fraternities of Ukraine and Russia". Lukiyanik also held rallies against the visit of Patriarch Bartholomew in 2008. After the Synod of the UOC-MP revoked the blessing of his organization, in 2011 the Synod banned Valentyn Lukiyanik from receiving communion.

Also, Valentyn Lukiyanik was one of the organizers of the pro-Russian rallies on November 6, 2015, and March 17, 2016, in Kyiv and one of the organizers of the so-called "anti-Maidan" and "processions" with imperial red and yellow flags and icons of the late Tsar Nicholas II.

In 2016, Lukiyanik, together with the organization "Union of Orthodox Fraternities" headed by him, called for joining the "Immortal Regiment". Immortal Regiment is a Russian propaganda public organization, registered in 2011 in Tomsk (Russia) by three journalists. In 2017, in Simferopol, Donetsk and Moscow, during the rally, participants displayed images of Russian soldiers killed in the Donbas next to portraits of dead Soviet soldiers.

Lukiyanik also was noticed in purely political actions as a member of the "Spiritual and Patriotic Union "Novorossiya", the "Left Opposition". He actively opposed the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, European integration, NATO, the arrival of Patriarch Bartholomew and the Pope. He called for the revival of the "Second Russia" on the territory of Ukraine.

It is worth noting that it was under the name "Novorossiya", with the support of Russian troops in Ukraine in 2014, that the Union of terrorist groups of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) was formed, which operate in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine by Russia.

In addition, on July 24, 2017, Valentyn Lukiyanik took part in a conference of the public movement "Ukrainian Choice – Right of the People", headed by Viktor Medvedchuk, in Kyiv. The conference was dedicated to the 1029th anniversary of the baptism of Rus. However, it was mainly about the dangers of European integration.

"Thus, the organizer of rallies against the arrival of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is an anti-Ukrainian figure who has held pro-Russian actions at various times and is even the founder of the spiritual and Patriotic Union Novorossiya. How the Security Service of Ukraine has not yet brought him to criminal responsibility remains a mystery," the material of the spiritual front of Ukraine concludes.