Novinsky: The shameful practice of seizing churches continues by inertia

Member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Vadim Novinsky. Photo:

Under Poroshenko, all propaganda was aimed at defaming the UOC, the MP said.

Six months have passed since the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko resigned, but by inertia, the seizure of churches is still ongoing, Vadim Novinsky, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, commented on the situation in the religious life of the country.

“Shameful practice continues. Still, this is the inertia of the movement that was set by the previous President, the previous government. But this inertia is so great that so far – six months have passed since Poroshenko stepped down as President – all these events continue to this day," Novinsky said on the “1Kozak” TV channel.

The MP drew the attention of viewers that due to the efforts of Poroshenko a policy of slander on the canonical Church of Ukraine was imposed for a long time.

“All propaganda of that time was aimed at slandering and defaming our canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Unfortunately, this is still the case, and not all people understood the harmfulness of the policy pursued by the previous government,” Novinsky said.

He also noted that the UOC, despite the persecution, continues to build temples.

“All the other are just trying to take over someone else’s property and take something that does not belong to them,” the deputy added.

Previously, Novinsky emphasized that it was Poroshenko who betrayed the canonical Church and led pressure on it.

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