Five Members of the Synod Did Not Sign Tomos for Ukraine

Summary

Five members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not sign Tomos, the document that officially recognises the Orthodox Church of Ukraine as independent. That would be almost half out of the 12 members of the Synod.

Disproof

According to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Tomos was signed by all 12 members of the current Synod. All twelve church representatives, who signed the document, are active members of the Synod. The last was renewed on September 1, 2018, according to the standard procedure of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The current Synod will serve until February 28, 2019.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

For more information on the tomos of the autocephaly see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 133
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, autocephaly, Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: Strana.ua
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the West supports terrorist organizations in Syria [Daesh and Al Nusra]. There is no evidence that US, NATO or EU have supported Daesh or other Jihadist groups in Syria. The US-led military campaign in Syria and Iraq  has clearly targeted Daesh.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attributing massacres of civilian population in Syria to anti-Assad opposition groups. At the same time, no responsibility attributed to the Assad regime and Russian forces. Against this background, there is ample evidence that the Syrian regime is responsible for numerous massacres, bombings and chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. Russian airstrikes on hospitals, water treatment plants and mosques [causing hundreds of civilian deaths] have also been documented.

An OSCE staff member was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military

Staff member of the OSCE’s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, who died in April 2017, was hit by a mine planted by the Ukrainian military.

 

Disproof

No evidence given for the Ukrainian military planting the mine.

On April 23, 2017, an OSCE patrol, being a part of the monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine, drove on a mine. The mine killed one mission member.

There have been several reports, such as the one by DW, pointing out that the incident took place in the area of Pryshyb, north-west of Luhansk, which is one of the main strongholds of the pro-Russian separatists. The separatists attributed responsibility to the Ukrainian army.

This narrative is linked to a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukrainian provocations.

EU is Collapsing

The United Kingdom is leaving the EU, as the membership proved not to be beneficial. The European Union and NATO, who used to be against the former Soviet Union, are now collapsing.

Disproof

Concerning the statement that the EU is collapsing, in reaction to the June 23rd 2016 referendum on leaving the EU, President Tusk, President Juncker, President Schulz and Netherlands Prime Minister Rutte made a joint statement: "In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it." Furthermore, the heads of state of the remaining 27 EU countries, stated “We are determined to remain united and work in the framework of the EU to deal with the challenges of the 21st century and find solutions in the interest of our nations and peoples," after the informal meeting on 29th of June 2016.  See more here  and here.