Friday, May 24, 2024

    Fueling conflict: Kremlin says Russia “not indifferent” to UOC (MP) priests’ fate

    While the authorities in Ukraine are pursuing the eviction of the UOC (MP) from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in a civilized and peaceful way, the Kremlin seeks to provoke conflict and bloodshed between Ukrainians.

    According to Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Kremlin dictator, Russia will not remain aloof from the fate of the priests who serve in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra if they are expelled from the monastery.

    “If they are evicted from the Lavra, everything will depend on their decision: what they will do next. Of course, no one in Russia will remain indifferent to their future fate, if necessary,” Peskov said in a comment to Russian media.

    In this way, the Russian occupiers are trying to do the UOC (MP) a disservice and extend a helping hand to this religious organization. Of course, in the conditions of a full-scale war between Russia and Ukraine, such assistance would only cause more enmity for representatives of the UOC (MP).

    It should be recalled that the law enforcement raided the residence of Metropolitan Pavlo (Lebid) of the UOC (MP), the former Lavra vicar. The NSDC earlier said that no provocations would work in the prcess of the UOC (MP) eviction from the Lavra. According to NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, “there will be no physical measures” undertaken during the eviction.

    As reported by the Spiritual Front of Ukraine, the Synod of the UOC (MP) called for “steadfast standing in the faith”, at the same time warning against discord.

    Previously, pro-Russian propagandists and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church had already incited monks and the leadership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) to violent confrontation with the authorities and society. These “defenders” of the UOC (MP) want the monks to physically hold the Lavra to the last and physically confront law enforcement. In particular, the ROC theologian Tsypin called on the monks of the UOC (MP) not to leave the Lavra, not to obey the law, but to resist, so that they would be expelled by force.