The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reports that its employees are conducting “counter-intelligence (security) measures” at the facilities of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP) in Cherkasy, Volyn, and Kherson oblasts.
The security agency says that those measures are inspections of the premises and buildings with the direct participation of representatives of the church “to identify persons who may be involved in illegal activities to the detriment of the state sovereignty of Ukraine, and objects prohibited from circulation.”
According to SBU, the measures are carried out “jointly with the National Police and the National Guard – within the framework of the Security Service of Ukraine’s systematic work to counter the subversive activities of the Russian special services in our country.”
“Taking into account the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, these measures are carried out, among other things, to prevent the use of religious communities as centers of the ‘Russian world’ and to protect the population from provocations and terrorist acts,” SBU wrote.
Brochures of xenophobic content found in Moscow-affiliated church in west of Ukraine
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