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European Parliament accuses the Ukrainian President of using the "church split" to win the election

Summary of Disinformation

Experts from the European Parliament have stated that the “schism” in the Ukrainian church is directly related to the upcoming Presidential elections and the election campaign of Petro Poroshenko. The current Ukrainian president deliberately provoked a “split” and created a “non-canonical” Orthodox Church of Ukraine to gain extra votes during the Presidential race.

Disproof

This is a recurrent Kremlin narrative about religious hatred. The expert report, issued in February contains nothing that supports the claims of RT.

The report is dealing with the history of the independence of the Ukrainian church from the Russian Orthodox Church. The report stresses that the Kremlin has always controlled church issues and used branches of its church abroad as a “soft power” - to promote its own political interests. European analysts believe that the formation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine can play a role in the Presidential elections on 31 March of this year, but the researchers stressed that the fact of obtaining the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church affects the formation of the Ukrainian statehood as a whole, and not just on the eve of Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

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Reported in: Issue 139
Date: 26.02.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Ukraine
Keywords: Orthodox Church
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT Russian
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