The Ukrainian Orthodox Church, previously subordinated to the Russian Patriarchy, announced it would separate from the latter as a result of the invasion in Ukraine, and declared its independence and autonomy.

This historic move comes after Russia’s Patriarch Kirill voiced full support for president Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church had already splintered from Moscow in 2019. Hundreds of priests have recently signed an open letter calling for Kirill to be tried before a religious tribunal over his stand regarding the conflict in Ukraine.

Eugen Cojocariu – RRI