The “counter-intelligence security measures” were carried out in the territories of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, the Koretsky Holy Trinity Monastery and in the premises of the Sarnenskyi-Polyskyi Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Rivne Oblast, the SBU reported.
Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which claimed to have cut all ties with the Russian church in May, exists separately from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which received authocephaly in 2018. The latter is the most popular in Ukraine.
The Moscow branch of the Orthodox church is currently visited by 4% of Ukrainians (down from 16% before the invasion) while the share of those saying they are followers of the UOC has risen from 42% to 54%, the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology says. Meanwhile, 50% want the Moscow-affiliated church banned in Ukraine.