UOC clarifies about Phanar cleric's wife swindling money for cars for AFU

Archpriest Mykola Danylevych. Photo: UOC Facebook page

The UOC spokesman clarified for the media that Father Kostiantyn Khvust is not a priest of the UOC but a cleric of the Phanar.

The RISU information portal has reported that the wife of a UOC priest was swindling money allegedly for cars for the AFU. The UOC spokesman, Archpriest Mykola Danylevych, denied on his Facebook page that Father Kostiantyn Khvust, the husband of volunteer Vira Khvust, is a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

"When the war began, he and his family left for Italy, where he transferred to the jurisdiction of the Constantinople Patriarchate. This, by the way, was happily reported on his Facebook page by Ukraine's Ambassador to the Vatican, A.V. Yurash, in his post of July 3," said Archpriest Mykola Danylevych.

Also, Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Mykola Danylevych, posted the corresponding photo.

"Father Kostiantyn is on the far left. So, the RISU editorial board should write a clarification: "The wife of a priest of the Constantinople Patriarchate in Italy...," stressed the UOC spokesperson.

As reported, the Chernivtsi Eparchy bought a car for the Ukrainian Armed Forces with donations from the faithful.

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