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Examining the Religious Dimension of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Parishioners at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kyiv await the appearance of Patriarch Filaret Denysenko, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate. (Photo: Katya Kumkova)

The Moscow Patriarchate’s meddling in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict is backfiring, as its staunch support for Kremlin policies appears to be fueling patriotic sentiment among Ukrainians, according to a report issued by a London-based think tank.
 
A large portion of the report, titled Traditional Religion and Political Power: Examining the Role of the Church in Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine and Moldova, is devoted to untangling the complex religious dimension of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which erupted following the Euromaidan Revolution in Kyiv in early 2014. The analysis of Orthodoxy’s recent history in Ukraine, written by Oleksandr Sagan, a researcher at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, details the three major competing Orthodox churches active in Ukraine today, along with smaller splinter sects.
 

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