• 23/07/2024 22:09

In the Cherkasy region, a cleric of the UOC (MP) was suspected of justifying the armed aggression of the Russian Federation

The cleric also discredited the Ukrainian defenders. In particular, he called the fighters of the Azov special forces “Nazis.” The issue of choosing a preventive measure is being decided. He faces up to 8 years in prison with confiscation of property.

In the Cherkasy region, a cleric of the UOC (MP) was suspected of justifying the armed aggression of the Russian Federation

The Security Service of Ukraine reported that it documented the subversive activities of the mitred archpriest of the Cherkasy diocese of the UOC (MP), who justified the armed aggression of the Russian Federation. Ukraine. He also disseminated pro-Kremlin narratives on social networks, with which he tried to discredit Ukrainian defenders. In particular, he accused the Ukrainian defenders of preparing for military provocations in Odessa and called the fighters of the Azov special forces “Nazis.”

The defendant supplemented his messages with reposts with hostile slogans, photographs and videos from pro-Kremlin Internet resources.

During a search at the cleric’s place of residence, prohibited symbols and a mobile phone from which he distributed anti-Ukrainian propaganda were discovered.

The examinations initiated by the SBU confirmed the facts of the criminal actions of the defendant.

Based on the collected evidence, the mitred archpriest of the UOC (MP) was informed of suspicion under Part 2 and Part 3 of Art. 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (justification of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, glorification of its participants).

The issue of choosing a preventive measure for him is currently being decided.

An investigation is ongoing to establish all the circumstances crimes. The perpetrator faces up to 8 years in prison with confiscation of property.

Recall that recently the relevant committee recommended that the Rada support in the second reading the bill banning the UOC (MP) in Ukraine. The text of the bill has become significantly stronger compared to what was previously supported in the first reading.

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