Television News Service (Ukraine) has been making a defaming video in front of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate)

November 13, 2018. Pursuant to the Union of Orthodox Journalists, representatives of the Television News Service, known for their ambiguous coverage of the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), delivered old women with icons of the Passion-bearer Nicholas1 to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra and organized their photo and video session. This was announced by Protopriest Gennady Shkil on his Facebook page.

According to him, the journalists, among whom it was possible to identify the permanent correspondent of the plots about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Nelly Kovalskaya, paid the elderly women the amount of UAH 200 for participating in this session. In the pictures one can see a group of old women, among whom stands out a lady with a “pro-Russian” icon, which is taken up by journalists of the TV channel.

On the same day hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) gathered in Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra for a regular meeting of the Holy Synod led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine.

“Today we need to discuss a very important problem – the ecclesiastic situation in our Ukrainian state,” said the Primate of the UOC, opening the meeting. “A lot of events are developing around the Church today. They are trying to involve the Church in political games. They want to turn the Church into a political tool which would enable to achieve some of their earthly goals. Our ultimate goal is to preserve the purity of the Orthodox faith, to preserve our faithfulness to Christ.”

The meeting was held at 11 am and should be followed by a meeting at 2pm with the President at the same place. According to the Union of Orthodox Journalists, the meeting was initiated by the President. However, Petro Poroshenko did not come to the meeting.

Photo document from the Protopriest Gennady Shkil’s Facebook page

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


  1. an icon of the Passion-bearer Nicholas is an icon of Nicholas II, the last tsar of the Russian Empire, who reigned also over the territory of modern Ukraine. Emperor Nicholas II was martyred in 1918.
Encourage the Council of Europe member states to respect freedom of religion, share this: