USCRIF warns about Ukrainian Orthodox churches threat of “jeopardy”
The top religious freedom watchdog panel in the United States has warned that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church could be in “jeopardy” if Russia expands control over the neighboring Eastern European country that it began invading last month.
The independent and bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which is tasked with advising Congress and the federal government on religious freedom matters, said Tuesday that there could be egregious religious freedom violations if Russia is successful in taking over Ukraine.
Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in late February as many are concerned that President Vladimir Putin might have his eyes set on recapturing the global influence held by the former Soviet Union. Since then, hundreds of civilians have been killed while millions have been forced to flee their homes.
In the background of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an ongoing rift between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church centered on the political tension between Russia and Ukraine.