Disinfo: The absolute majority of Orthodox Ukrainians consider themselves to belong to the Moscow Patriarchate

Summary

The absolute, overwhelming majority of Orthodox people in Ukraine belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate.

Disproof

According to the sociological research of the Razumkov Center, since 2014, after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas, the number of Ukrainian citizens who identify themselves with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, which is independent of Russia, has significantly exceeded the number of supporters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate, and the gap is widening. See table on page 17: Question: To which Orthodox Church do you belong (percentage of those who consider themselves Orthodox)?

2010 2013 2014 2016 2017 2018 Church of the Moscow Patriarchate 34.5 27.7 24.8 23.0 17.4 19.1 Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate 22.1 25.9 31.9 38.1 38.8 42.6 Ukrainian Autocephalous Church 1.3 1.2 0.9 2.7 1.5 0.4

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  • Reported in: Issue 118
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/09/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: fake statistics, Orthodox Church
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Disproof

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Disproof

The original article in English cites a leaked police document that says civil disorder is possible at Britain’s borders and ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the possibility of not signing documents regulating various aspects of British withdrawal from the EU. So it is not about police forces quashing demonstrations by people opposing Brexit. Further debunk by StopFake: https://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-british-authorities-preparing-anti-terrorist-operation-for-brexit/

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Disproof

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