According to the decree of the president, the government must develop and submit the relevant bill to the parliament within two months.

Which church is in danger of being banned

There are several Orthodox churches in Ukraine, but the most representative ones are the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU, which was recognized by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 2019) and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which, in fact, is a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church and reports to Patriarch Kirill.

The full-scale war in Ukraine launched by Russia on February 24 accelerated the process of the transition of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate under the wing of the OCU.

At the same time, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine also increased their attention to this church.

The believers themselves locked the churches against the "Moscow" priests

At the time of the creation of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, there were 12,000 religious communities of Moscow and 4,000 of the Kyiv Patriarchate, on the basis of which the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was created.

The process of transition began immediately after receiving Thomas and legal registration in Ukraine, but it was quite slow and sometimes painful.

Believers, especially in the west of Ukraine, had to act radically - after holding meetings and approving the decision on the transition of the parish under the OCU, they had to hang locks on their churches so that they would not be robbed by priests who opposed the transition and remained in the Moscow Patriarchate.

At the beginning of the war, the OCU increased the number of its parishes to 7,000.

Now none of the Orthodox churches announce the exact number of conversions.

They came with searches after singing about the rebirth of Russia

The exposure of the centers of the "Russian world", which were created and operated in the churches of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, will probably lead to an increase in the influence of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

From November 23, law enforcement agencies of Ukraine began to conduct searches in dioceses as part of anti-terrorist measures.

The first was the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Kyiv, the main temple of the UOC MP.

According to the results, the SBU suspected of justifying the Russian aggression against one of the priests of Lavra, at whose service a song about the awakening of great Russia was sung.

Now the Security Service of Ukraine is conducting "security measures" in all dioceses of the UOC MP - in Rivne, Zhytomyr and Zakarpattia.

Where searches have already been conducted, they found a lot of propaganda Russian literature published in Russian printing houses.

"Given Russia's armed aggression, these measures are being held, among other things, in order to prevent the use of religious communities as centers of the "Russian world", as well as provocations and terrorist acts," the SBU emphasized.

In Lviv and Lutsk they demand to ban the Russian church

Impressed by the results of the searches in the churches of the UOC MP, the deputies of the Lviv regional council approved the decision on the need to ban the activities of religious organizations of the UOC MP in the territory of the region.

At the same time, deputies of the regional council turned to their colleagues in the Verkhovna Rada with a proposal at the legislative level to ban the church, the governing body of which is located in the state, which commits military aggression against Ukraine and occupied part of the Ukrainian territory.

Deputies of the Lutsk City Council made similar demands.


However, experts believe that it will be difficult to do now, since the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has formally "cleared" its membership of the Russian Orthodox Church in its statutory documents.

This happened at the cathedral in May this year, after the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a draft law banning the activity of the Moscow Patriarchate and nationalizing all its property on the territory of Ukraine in March.

But that law was never approved.

At the end of November, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered another draft law banning the Russian Orthodox Church and all institutions and religious organizations that are part of it or recognize its subordination to this church.

"Religion mobilizes people differently than political parties, public organizations or trade unions.

Therefore, when we talk about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which deleted the references to the Moscow Patriarchate from its statutory documents, we must first of all think not about the saboteurs caught by the SBU, but about the fact that it poisoned its flock for many years.

The ideologies that she threw around are capitulatory: talks about the fact that if there is a war, it is beneficial to the Ukrainian oligarchs.

They have always appealed to the Ukrainian government for peace and never to Moscow," said Viktor Yalensky, an expert on religion, on the air of Ukrainian Radio.

"If they now say that their believers are fighting at the front, then it is true, but they did not call their believers to resist the aggressor.

On the contrary, as one of the bishops said, this is a war of American imperialists and "don't send our boys to this war," Viktor Yalensky emphasized.

At the end of November, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered another draft law banning the Russian Orthodox Church and all institutions and religious organizations that are part of it or recognize its subordination to this church.

The UOC MP refused to send a tribute to those who died in the war

Believers began to leave the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate en masse after local priests in several parishes refused to send funeral services for Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war.

Such facts took place not only at the beginning of the war, but also now.

A few days ago, a protest against the UOC-MP took place in Dnipro.

It was attended by relatives of fallen Ukrainian heroes.

At the same time, the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate actively covers its humanitarian actions aimed at helping residents of de-occupied territories and refugees from occupied settlements.

They wanted to divide Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate uses the largest historical temples and lavres.

One of such historical temples, the Sviatagore Lavra in Donetsk region, is now almost completely destroyed as a result of Russian shelling.

UOC MP uses churches on the basis of lease agreements.

During the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych, such contracts began to be signed for an unlimited period.

This June, the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphany, appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers with a request to provide one of the churches on the territory of Kyiv-Pecherska Lavra for the establishment of his monastery.

Russia's war against Ukraine

  • At 5:00 a.m. on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation against Ukraine in the Donbass at the request of the "DPR" and "LPR" groups.

    On February 21, during a televised address to Russians, Putin called the so-called "DPR" and "LPR" independent states within the regions.

    On February 22, the Federation Council ratified this decision.

  • All days of the war, Ukrainian cities were bombarded with rockets, aircraft flew over them.

    Russian troops are attacking, including from the territory of Belarus, using airfields, bases and roads.

    Representatives of Lukashenka's regime justify the war, his opponents consider the territory of Belarus to be occupied, many call for resistance to the Russian invaders.

  • On February 27, the International Legion of Territorial Defense was created in Ukraine, and foreign volunteers were invited to join it.

    Belarusians also entered there.

  • During the six months of war in Ukraine, 11 Belarusians are known to have died fighting on the Ukrainian side.

    These are Ilya Khrenov, Alyaksei Skoblia, Dmitri Apanasovich, Dmitri Rubashevskyi, Konstantin Dubaila, Pavel "Volat", Ivan Marchuk, Vasil Parfyankov, Vasil Grudovik, Vadim Shatrov and one of the fighters of Kalinovsky's regiment, whose name was not mentioned.

    In addition, it is known for sure about two prisoners from Kalinin - Ian Djurbeyka and Syarhei Dzhogtsev.

    There are no details about their fate.

  • It is also known about cases of death of natives of Belarus who fought in Ukraine on the side of Russia.

    During the six months of the war, there were nine such people.

  • On March 30, the UN approved the composition of an independent commission that will investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

    It included people who worked in the analysis of the genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Contrary to Putin's statements about attacks only on military facilities, the Russians are bombing schools, kindergartens and residential areas of Ukrainian cities.

    The Russians are using banned weapons, including cluster bombs, against civilians.

  • On April 1, Lithuania became the first country in the European Union to completely abandon Russian gas.

    Latvia and Estonia followed her example.

    Germany has promised to completely stop using Russian oil by the end of 2022.

  • On April 2, after the liberation of the town of Bucha near Kyiv, photojournalists published dozens of photographs showing hundreds of dead people, victims of mass murders committed by Russian troops.

    Many are buried in spontaneous mass graves.

    The Russian occupation also brought great destruction to the people of Barodyan.

    It is also known about a number of rapes, including babies.

  • On May 9, the US President signed the Land Leasing Law.

    This law restores the program from the Second World War, which will speed up the delivery of weapons to Ukraine and increase the amount of such assistance.

  • In June, two volunteers from Great Britain and one from Morocco were sentenced to death in the so-called "DNR".

    The same punishment threatens some other prisoners.

  • On July 29, as a result of an attack on the colony in Alenivtsi, at least 53 Ukrainian prisoners, who previously defended the Azovstal plant and surrendered after completing their mission, were killed.

    The Russians accused Ukraine of the attack, the Ukrainian side declared that the prisoners were deliberately killed by the Russian side.

  • On August 22, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny announced the official number of dead Ukrainian soldiers.

    According to him, it is about 9,000 soldiers.

  • During the six months of the war, Russia was able to occupy about 20% of the Ukrainian territory.

    In March, the area of ​​occupied land reached 30%.

    However, at the end of the month, Russian troops retreated from the north of Ukraine, as well as partially from Kharkiv.

    At the end of August, Crimea, Luhansk and Kherson regions were completely occupied.

    And also 50% of the territory of the Donetsk region, about 70% of the Zaporizhia region, approximately 30% of the Kharkiv region.

  • Kherson remains the only regional center of Ukraine captured by Russia after February 24.

    The city was occupied by Russian troops in the first days of the war without actually fighting.

    Kyiv suspects part of the former leadership of Kherson and the region of treason.

    The former head of the SBU of the Kharkiv region was also detained on such suspicion.

  • In September, Ukrainian troops launched a large-scale counteroffensive, as a result of which Russian forces began to rapidly flee from their positions in the Kharkiv region.

    Only on the day of September 11, Ukrainians liberated more than 20 settlements in Slobazhanshchyna.

  • In September, Ukraine withdrew its mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the AAN to send an aviation unit to defend against Russian aggression.

  • On September 21, Putin announced the mobilization in Russia.

    After this statement, thousands of Russians went to the border crossings and began to leave for Georgia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Mongolia, Finland and other countries.

    In Russia itself, opponents of the war set fire to several military offices.

    Even people without military experience began to be conscripted into the army, despite promises that only experienced people would go to war.

    The mobilization of men into the Russian army also takes place in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

  • On October 2, Putin submitted a bill to the Russian parliament, which is an attempt to annex parts of four regions of Ukraine.

    Two new republics - "LPR" and "DNR" - and two regions - Zaporizhia and Kherson will be part of Russia.

    But thanks to the counteroffensive of the Ukrainians, the borders drawn in Moscow are no longer fully controlled by the occupying forces.

  • In October, Ukrainian troops successfully continued their counteroffensive, at the beginning of October they liberated Liman and Yampal, and also came significantly closer to Svatov in the Luhansk region, and from there the way to Severodanetsk and Lysichansk opens.

  • On the morning of October 10, the Russians began intensive shelling of Ukrainian territory, including the center of Kyiv.

    Rockets also reached Lviv, depriving the city of electricity.

  • On October 10, Lukashenka held a meeting with the Security Council and announced the deployment of a joint grouping of troops with Putin.

  • On November 11, after successful battles in the south, Ukrainian troops entered Kherson.

    The Russians blew up several bridges in the region during their retreat.

  • On the evening of November 15, Russia fired 100 missiles across the territory of Ukraine, primarily at energy facilities, and in Poland, two missiles fell in the village of Przewodau, 6 km from the border with Ukraine, killing two people.

    The Polish authorities summoned the Russian ambassador for explanations.

    Then it turned out that it was probably the result of the work of the Ukrainian Air Force, which shot down a Russian missile.

  • In November, with the onset of cold weather, Russia intensified its missile attacks on Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

    As a result, many Ukrainian cities and part of Moldova were left without electricity and water.

    Ukraine called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council.

  • Independent verification of information about military actions provided by officials of various parties is still impossible.