#Commentary of Denis Pushilin on inadmissibility of Kiev’s interference in church policy

The Kiev regime, in its unholy ambitions to exacerbate hatred in the country, knowingly attempts to use division among Orthodox believers along with Russophobia these days.

Poroshenko consciously and persistently leads the country to religious strife by promising citizens to establish a so-called single local Church of Ukraine and advocating for secession from the Moscow Patriarchate, thereby indulging the Ukrainian nationalism.

It is noteworthy that the representatives of his inner circle, in spite of the fact that they belong to other religious denominations, support Poroshenko’s desire to establish autocephaly. This unanimity is due to an order from the outside, since the foreign “partners” of Ukraine need the aggravation of the situation in the country and further breach between Ukraine and Russia. The AFU’s aggression in Donbass is not enough, they need a sectarian war and Poroshenko lit a fuse.

The schismatic actions of the Ukrainian authorities look particularly cynical on the eve of the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus’. Kiev demonstrates the consolidation of the policy of disintegration of the country instead of the spiritual unity of the Slavs, and it is not only about Donbass.

I express the hope that the Orthodox believers in Ukraine will have enough wisdom and spiritual fortitude to confront the ideas of schism. It is unimaginable in the Donetsk People’s Republic that a state interferes in a church policy. A state should act as a guarantor of church independence and not use religious relations as a tool to manipulate public consciousness.

Denis Pushilin, the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the DPR in the Contact Group’s negotiations in Minsk

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