Security Agency documents staging protests before Unification Assembly in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The protests were scheduled for December 13 and 14
13:30, 13 December 2018

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Ukraine’s Security Service has documented the intentions to organize provocations in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine before and at the time of Unification Assembly and creation of Ukrainian Orthodox church. Viktor Kononenko, the deputy head of Security Service reported during the briefing, broadcasted by the 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Last November a person Yuriy approached a resident of Kyiv, who used to participate in different rallies of various political forces. Yuriy presented himself as an Anti-Maidan activist, who is hiding out in Moscow. He offered to organize protests in Kyiv. He offered to meet on November 26 in Minsk, but in the capital of Belarus, however, when in Belarus the venue was moved to Moscow, where the negotiations actually took place. Yuriy offered to hold protests on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra against Tomos for Ukraine and creation of the united local Orthodox church,” reads the message.

According to Kononenko, 5000 dollars were given out in cash to implement the intentions.

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”The instructions were provided, there was a need to buy a new cell phone and a sim card to have a close communication channel with Yuriy and to contact one of the priests of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra who was to coordinate the activity of our informers from inside. It was under our control already, the organizer of the protest contacted Yuriy, who said that a priest called Pavel shall be the coordinator of the future protest in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. It was it was found that this was actually a vicar of the LAvra Metropolitan Pavlo,” Kononenko added.

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It is noted that on December 8 in accordance to the instruction by the Russian side a meeting with Metropolitan Pavlo took place who voiced the password and invited the organizers into his cabinet and held a talk with them.

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“on December 10 the ordering party named the dates to hold the protests, specifically – December 13, i.e. today, and December 14, 2018 at 12:00 on the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra during the religious service. Having received the information we decided to terminate the operation and bring the results to the public,” Kononenko underlined.

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The deputy head of the security agency noted that there are no grounds for detention of the priest Pavlo yet.

“It’s not enough to serve him with charge papers, but we work in this direction. Metrolpolitan Pavlo shall be questioned in the frames of this criminal proceeding,” Viktor Kononenko summed up.

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. On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.' 

On Thursday, November 29, the Synodus of Ecumenical Patriarchate released a communique about the preliminary draft project of the statute of the future Ukrainian Church.

Thus the unification assembly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church shall take place on December 15.

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