The Right Sector in Chernigov pressured believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) via Social Media to join a newly established non-canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
January 6, 2019 – the Right Sector1 in Chernigov announced on social media that the time has come for the parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)2 “to pass peacefully to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine”. This message was part of the post aiming to invite everyone to join the rally in front of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s (Moscow Patriarchate) cathedral in Chernigov for agitating the parishioners to leave their Church for the newly established non-canonical church.
“We strive for unity because this is our strength. We want every Orthodox believer to go to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and revive national identity. The Moscow Church manifests alien traditions, intoxicates the heads of our brothers and sisters, makes Ukrainians doubt their own independence and power but now is the time to move peacefully to the Ukrainian Church,” representatives of the Right Sector said.
- The Right Sector is an alliance of ultra-nationalist groups set up November 2013 becoming the most radical wing of Ukraine’s Maidan protest movement. It Is infamous also for forceful church seizures and attacks on Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
- Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous orthodox Church with headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine.