surrounding the EuroMaidan over the last sixty days have shown just
how important the church remains to Ukrainians. This concerns
primarily the three main confessions that trace their roots to the
Kyiv Metropolitanate created by the Patriarchate of Constantinople
during the times of Prince Volodymyr the Great: the Ukrainian
Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP), the Ukrainian Orthodox
Church subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) and the
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC), which remains in union with
the Pope of Rome.
The Kremlin plans to
suborn Ukraine politically, economically and culturally. Support for
separatist movements, coupled with the December 2013 economic accords
signed in Moscow, form part of the first two pillars of this
strategy. As a serious instrument to advance Russian political
interests in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate is indispensable to the
construction of the third pillar.
The leader of the
UOC MP, Metropolitan Volodymyr, is in grave health;
uncharachacteristically he was absent from any Christmas-related
celebrations this year, even in the hospital.