Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says churches “affiliated with Russia” will be banned.
Ukraine to ban Russia-affiliated churches
The Ukrainian government will draw up a law banning churches affiliated with Russia under moves described by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as necessary to prevent Russia being able to “weaken Ukraine from within”.
In a move condemned in Moscow, Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council told the government to draft the law following a series of raids on parishes that Ukraine says could be taking orders from Russia as it wages war on Ukraine.
The security council, which groups top security, military and political figures, also ordered investigations into suspected “subversive activities of Russian special services in the religious environment of Ukraine” and called for sanctions against unspecified individuals.
Ukrainian media quoted sources as saying a pro-Russia former MP and a senior cleric already faced “personal” sanctions but the reports could not be confirmed independently.