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U.S. campaign to tear Ukrainian Orthodox Church from Moscow

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=530 07 November 2005, 12:25 Ukrainian Orthodox public accuses U.S. of campaigning to tear off the Ukrainian
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      07 November 2005, 12:25
      Ukrainian Orthodox public accuses U.S. of campaigning to tear off the
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate

      Kiev, November 7, Interfax - Head of the Union of Orthodox Citizens of
      Ukraine Valery Kaurov accused U.S. of supporting church schism in his country.

      Speaking before the participants in the action dedicated to the 62th
      anniversary of the liberation of Kiev from fascist occupants, Kaurov said
      that U.S. have set out for informational-political campaign to weaken the
      Russian Orthodox church, to separate the Ukrainian Orthodox church from the
      Moscow Patriarchate with the help of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,
      and prevent the reunion of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox
      church outside of Russia.

      'These efforts, however, will be counterproductive. We see who harm the
      cause of the church, and we shall become even more consolidated. We shall
      not allow non-Orthodox Americans to intervene in our church affairs',
      Kaurov said.

      Head of the Union of Orthodox Citizens called upon his supporters to come
      to the meeting in Kiev on November 20 'to celebrate in our own way an
      anniversary of 'Orange revolution' that has led to a new persecution of the
      Church and turned Ukraine into anti-Russian state'.

      Taking part in the action were some five thousand supporters of the
      Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine (PSPU), All-Ukrainian public
      organization 'The Gift of Life', the Crimean youth association
      'Breakthrough' and other organizations.

      Columns of demonstrators went from the Independence Square to the grave of
      General Nikolai Vatutin. They carried flags with PSPU symbols, slogans
      'Hands off Ukraine, Orange Nazism!' 'Union - yes, NATO - no!' 'OUN-UPA -
      butchers of their people.'

      The car with veterans of the Great Patriotic War headed the column.

      PSPU Chairman Natalia Vitrenko said that 'Orthodox unity, unity of the
      Russian Orthodox church and ideology of fraternity between the Slavic
      people and antifascism form the basis for reestablishing of unity between
      fraternal people baptized in the Kiev font: Russians, Ukrainians and
      Byelorussians'.

      According to information from the Union of Orthodox Citizens, there was a
      fist-fight between the participants in the procession and
      'nationalist-minded citizens' near the monument to General Vatutin. Some 10
      people were injured and got abrasions. Four people were detained and
      brought to militia post.

      Center for public relations of Kiev main directorate of the ministry of
      internal relations did not confirm to Interfax-Ukraine that the fight took
      place and the injured applied to law enforcement.
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