Disinfo: In Ukraine churches belonging to Moscow Patriarchate have been seized and priests beaten up

Summary

Following the 15th December 2018 “schism” that established a Unified Orthodox Church of Ukraine, churches in Ukraine belonging to the Moscow Patriarchate have been seized and priests beaten up.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Ukrainian media published a video about a service held in that church on the 17 December.

Vinnytsia police chief Serhiy Syniavskyi informed that they “sent a special patrol to the church to check things out. Everything was normal as usual". And Stop Fake contacted the caretakers of the Vinnytsia church and were told everything was normal and no one had taken control of the church. "Over the telephone we could hear singing from the mass that was taking place there at the time", mentions Stop Fake.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. See here for analogous disinformation cases.

For other disinformation narratives on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church see here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: autocephaly, Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia

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Disproof

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Disproof

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