The Orthodox Church of Ukraine warns about the preparation of provocations against believers and hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) of the Moscow Patriarchate. This is stated in the message of the Synodal Directorate of OCU Military Clergy, posted on Facebook.
“There is information from military priests (chaplains) from different regions of Ukraine that allegedly provocations on religious grounds are organized on behalf of the Right Sector. The organizers of these provocations call for the use of force against believers and clerics of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” he said.
It also clarifies that the actions should be filmed to create a media image of "persecution" and "religious war" in Ukraine, which are constantly spoken about in the Kremlin media.
"We urge to be vigilant, not to succumb to provocative actions. We will not allow the aggressor to spoil the holiday to the Ukrainians on these historical days - getting Tomos about the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine", summarized in the message.
Earlier Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service in St. George's Cathedral.
Besides, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko guarantees the state’s respect for the religious choice of every citizen of