Kiev, June 1, 2018
The name of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has been added to a list of “enemies of Ukraine,” compiled on the government-backed website “Mirotvorets” (“Peacemaker”), reports Interfax-Religion.
The site is known for publishing personal information and addresses of individuals deemed to be separatists, “agents of the Kremlin,” and threats to Ukrainian national security.
According to a screenshot from Mirotvorets posted on the Union of Orthodox Journalists, His Holiness, has been deemed dangerous for his statements made at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral on May 23 while receiving an award from the International Public Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples, in which he denounced the Ukrainian schismatics who actively divide the suffering nation, and all who support them:
“The Serbian Church fully supports the unity and integrity of the Russian Orthodox Church and strongly condemns the actions of the Uniates and schismatics who tear apart the robe of Christ at the Baptismal font of Kiev, selling their people to the enemies of faith. Their end will be according to their deeds (2 Cor. 11: 15)…”
While the Ukrainian schismatics focus on nationalism and a rejection of all-things-Russia, Pat. Irinej’s words reflected a focus on Christ and the unity He promises the Church, and the seriousness of any attempt to disrupt that unity:
“Anyone who helps the Ukrainian schismatics is an enemy not only of the Russian Church and the Russian world, but also of all Orthodox Slavic nations and the entire Orthodox world.”
Mirotvorets was launched in December 2014 by Gregory Tuka, the Deputy Minister of Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs and former governor of the Lugansk Province. The site is curated by the Security Service of Ukraine and is promoted by Anton Geraschenko, the Advisor to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
In May 2016, the site published the phone numbers, email addresses, and addresses of 4,508 journalists and media members from around the world who had worked in Donbass, and therefore, as Mirotvorets claims, “cooperated with terorrists.” Although the information was obtained by hacking into the databases of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Security Service of Ukraine declared the site had violated no laws.
Mirotvorets has been highly praised by hierarchs of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate,” including by “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko himself, who bestowed a medal “For the sacrifice and love for Ukraine” upon the team behind the site.
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