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    SBU blocks SPZh website for promoting split in Ukraine’s Orthodoxy

    On December 16, 2023, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine published an order according to which a number of online platforms should be blocked in Ukraine, including the website of the Union of Orthodox Journalists (SPZh). This was done at the motion filed by the SBU.

    In fact, they are blocking a resource that defends the interests of the UOC (in unity with the MP) and justifies the split of Orthodoxy in Ukraine, despite the provision of the Tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

    According to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP), in response to the parliamentary appeal of People’s Deputy Artem Dmytruk, Deputy Head of the SBU Serhiy Andrushchenko stated that the SBU “within the framework of tasks assigned” monitors mass media “with the aim of identifying threats to the national security of Ukraine in the media sphere, as well as countering special information operations against Ukraine, aimed at undermining the constitutional system, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and aggravating the socio-political and socio-economic tensions.”

    It is worth noting that one of the SPZh journalists was a Ukrainophobe living in the Russian Federation. Another Putinist who defended the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) was also a journalist with the SPZh. Even a priest from the UOC (MP) said that SPZh is among pro-Russian platforms that Moscow needs.

    As reported by the Spiritual Front of Ukraine, SPZh is trying to undermine trust in the Security Service of Ukraine and the Ukrainian authorities.

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