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Russian Parliament adopt statement on "escalation of situation in Ukraine"

Russian peoples' deputies claim that recent attempt of Ukrainian authorities to legalize church dissenters through gaining autocephaly is an example of this
14:37, 18 October 2018

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On October 18, the State Duma of Russian Federation unanimously adopted the statement on "escalation of situation in Ukraine." This was reported by the press center of the Russian parliament.

“Authorities of Ukraine have actually entered the path of transforming Ukraine to the platform of struggle against Russia and its people on all possible fronts and directions,” the statements reads.

Russian peoples' deputies claim that recent attempt of Ukrainian authorities to legalize church dissenters through gaining autocephaly from Constantinople Patriarch is an example of this.

The deputies also reminded about the “Nazi” march on October 14 in Kyiv, which, according to Russians, “openly called to violence against Russians and believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.”

“Ukraine has turned to a terroristic state and its leaders have the blood of Alexander Zakharchenko and many other sons and daughters of Donbas on their hands,” Russian deputies write.

They believe that the recent decisions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine are aimed at discrimination of Russian-speaking population and behind all these actions stand “Western sponsors and inspirators.”

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko reported on October 16 that almost 2,900 Ukrainian soldiers deceased in Donbas since April 2014, when the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine began. 

Related: Waiting for Tomos: Short glossary of church terms

Earlier, Iryna Gerashchenko, the vice speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament said that 10,220 Ukrainian citizens perished in the ongoing armed conflict in Donbas, since the hostilities began in spring 2014. 

On October 14, Ukraine celebrated the Day of Defender and three more holidays: Holy Protection, Day of Ukrainian Cossacks and the Anniversary of Ukrainian Insurgent Army. In honor of the 76th anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army creation, thousands of nationalists march through the center of Kyiv. 

The Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'  

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'  

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople can provide the Tomos on autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Synod that will take place in the second half of November 2018. 

Related: Full text of Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate on Tomos for Ukraine

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