Analysis: Ukraine’s ‘proxy war’ with Russia really about persecuting ancient Christian community
04/06/2023 // JD Heyes // Views

An analysis of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine published in recent days claims that it's really a proxy war to wipe out an ancient Christian community.

"The war in Ukraine involves more than just epic clashes of the Russian and Ukrainian militaries in a proxy war unlike anything since the hottest days of the Cold War," writes investigative journalist Leo Hohmann. "The hidden war no Western media wants you to see or know about is the one being waged by the Ukrainian government against one of the most ancient Christian communities present in the world today."

The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is being used as a puppet by the West to launch an attack on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Hohmann says. The Zelenskyy regime has already turned Ukraine into a one-party state where the government has taken control of the entire media and all forms of opposition are prohibited. Recently, Zelenskyy demanded the house arrest of a senior member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for a minimum of 60 days, he added.

The SBU, Ukraine's security agency, informed a prominent Orthodox priest that he was under suspicion of justifying Russia's aggression, which is considered a criminal offense. The priest in question is the leader of Ukraine's most revered Orthodox site, the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra monastery, Hohmann notes.

The dispute over the monastery has caused a rift between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the authorities. The priest has denied the allegations and is resisting orders to leave the complex, claiming that the case is politically motivated.


"According to Breitbart News, Metropolitan Pavel, the abbot of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monastery, Ukraine’s most holy Orthodox site, has strongly resisted the government’s order to vacate the complex. Earlier in the week, he cursed Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, telling the Ukrainian leader he was flirting with eternal damnation for the way he is persecuting the Church," the journalist's analysis noted.

Pavel, during a court hearing held in the Ukrainian capital, vehemently denied the allegations made by the SBU that he had supported Russia's invasion. He labeled the accusations as politically motivated.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the SBU agents searched the abbot's residence, and the prosecutors have requested the court to impose house arrest on him. The monks residing in the Monastery of the Caves, also known as the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the property dispute has been a significant part of the broader religious conflict that has arisen in the wake of the war, noted Hohmann.

"The godless U.S. State Department has always had a hatred for the Eastern Orthodox Church, whether it be in Russia or Ukraine, because of its conservative values that stand firm against its radical pro-abortion, LGBTQ+ anti-family, anti-God insanity," he added.

The Ukrainian government has taken measures against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church due to its past affiliations with the Russian Orthodox Church. The leader of the latter, Patriarch Kirill, has expressed support for Russian President Vladimir Putin during the invasion of Ukraine. "This just underscores how closely Russia and Ukraine have been culturally since the beginning, because both countries have a majority of their populations who claim membership in the traditional Orthodox Christian faith," Hohmann noted.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has claimed its loyalty to Ukraine and condemned the Russian invasion from the beginning. However, as they share a religious bond with the Russian Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian church cannot denounce its Christian brethren. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has already declared its independence from Moscow, but President Zelenskyy's recent actions against the church suggest that it's not enough.

He has intensified his persecution of the church in recent months, and now he's taken to arresting priests, Hohmann said.

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