The Ukrainian Site Puts New Persons On The Hit List

On September 25, 2018 the Kiev-based and Canada-registered extremist Internet-site “Mirotvorets” (Peacekeeper) published personal data of Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The site is notoriuosly known as a hate monger for releasing information about certain people attaching to them labels of public enemies. The high-profile murders of the Ukrainian journalist and writer Oles Buzina and the Ukrainian politician Oleg Kalashnikov were directly connected with the activity of “Mirotvorets”.

The Ukrainian extremist propaganda Internet-site is a weapon of removing of political opponents and undesirables of the government of Poroshenko. Every new personal information page on “Mirotvorets” is a real liquidation threat to a person.

The names of Metropolitan Onufry and other hierarchs of Ukrainian Orthodox Church were put on the list right after the Holy Synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church has issued an appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I to stop interference in its affairs.

Members of the Synod demanded that the two exarchs appointed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate to Ukraine leave the country. The exarchs, Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the US and Bishop Iralion of Edmonton from Canada, both of them natives of Ukraine who are clerics of the Ukrainian Church affiliated with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, were appointed to Ukraine in order to supervise preparations for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Ministry of culture of Ukraine is ecchoing the accusations of the extremist site. The government institution is mad at the Church for it has shown the uninvited guests the door.

The Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate passed a decision on appointing the exarchs on September 7. The Synod of the of the Russian Orthodox Church, which the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a self-governing branch of, voiced a resolute protest over the decision, calling it ‘a blunt encroachment on the canons of the Church’. Nonetheless the exarchs arrived to Ukraine. On September 17 they met with Poroshenko. And when the Holy Synod of Ukrainian Orthodox Church described their activity as non-canonical and violating inter-religious peace in Ukraine, Metropolitan Onufry began receiving personal threats.

Folowing the publication on “Mirotvorets” the corresponding Facebook page of the site released insults aimed at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church hierarchs and ‘recomendations’ to leave the country.

The situation around the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is heating up. And the government of Poroshenko is escalating tensions. Such extremist propaganda bull-horns like “Mirotvorets” just add more fuel to the fire. What if their slogans reach their aims? Once again.
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