“Orthodox extremism”: Russia's religious wars in Ukraine

BATAK CENTER FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES -- Ukrainian Christians, Muslims and Jewish people in Crimea and Donbass have met with 'orthodox extremism'. Fueled by FSB and the leadership of Russian orthodox church, patriarch Kirill in particular, it forces many believers to face experience similar to that of early Christians in pagan Rome.

“Russian Orthodox Army” and orthodox 'kazachestvo' is fighting against Ukrainian citizens in the East of Ukraine, pseudo-republic DNP has adopted orthodoxy as its official religion and is forcing out the others. The attempts to instigate hatred between representatives of different religions or confessions led to the opposite effect. Muslims are inviting Christians to their mosques, parishioners of Moscow and Kiev patriarchates are uniting.

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