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Ukraine moves to ban Orthodox churches over alleged Russian ties

The Ukrainian legislature is moving toward a ban on its historic Orthodox church due to concerns about Russian ties. 

Law 8371 would grant the Ukrainian government power to investigate and ban Ukrainian religious authorities with connections to Russia. 

It was overwhelmingly approved with a vote of 267-15. 

 

Archbishop Kirill

Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill conducts the Easter service at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. (Sergei Vlasov, Russian Orthodox Church Press Service via AP)

Both the UOC and the OCU claim to be completely severed from Russian influence, but accusations of Putin-aligned sympathies have kept them a national talking point.

The new law, if passed, would grant the Ukrainian government freedom to dismantle the UOC for the sake of national security.

The Russian Orthodox Church continues to consider churches under the UOC and OCU as part of their church, appointing bishops in the contested territories.

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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