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YouTube removes interview with the dean of Sevastopol UOC (MP) cathedral who is a russia apologist

28.04.2022, 17:24
Dean of St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chersonesos archpriest Serhiy Khalyuta, photo by Oleksiy Pavlishak, TASS
Dean of St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chersonesos archpriest Serhiy Khalyuta, photo by Oleksiy Pavlishak, TASS

YouTube video hosting has deleted an interview with the chaplain of the Sevastopol district of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, archpriest, dean of St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Chersonesos Serhiy Khalyuta for "hostile statements."

This is stated in a YouTube message that appears on the page where the video of the interview had previously been uploaded, Krym.Realii reports.

"This video has been removed due to violation of YouTube's policy on hostile statements. Review your country's policy on hostile statements," said YouTube.

In this interview, the UOC (MP) priest stated that "our russian soldier is what Christianity is, our soldier who dies defending a child is what Christianity is."

Archpriest Serhiy Khalyuta said that UOC (MP) priests in Sevastopol visit wounded russian servicemen in hospitals, "comforting them and performing rites." He also called for "humanitarian aid" to russian-occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions.

"In almost every (russian – Ed.) unit, in every unit, in every large brigade (of russian army – Ed.) There is a priest who does not leave his military formation. Unfortunately, there are clergymen who were wounded or died as a result of a special operation (as the russian authorities call the war against Ukraine – Ed.)," said the priest of the UOC (MP).

Priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) in russian-annexed Crimea and Sevastopol have repeatedly expressed support for the russian soldiers taking part in russia's war against Ukraine.

Earlier it was reported that the UOC (MP) priests in Sevastopol "reinforce the fighting spirit and maintain the right motivation" among the russian military.

Later in Sevastopol, Archpriest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP) Serhiy Polivtsev visited the wounded russian servicemen at the Naval Clinical Hospital.

On Easter, the websites of the Sevastopol denomination and the Simferopol and Crimean dioceses of the UOC (MP) published a message from the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Onufriy, but removed part of the text.

On March 6, the head of the russian orthodox church, patriarch kirill, commenting on russia's military actions in Ukraine, did not say that he supported the russian invasion, but provided arguments to justify it. He believes that the current situation is due to the fact that some forces have been trying for eight years to destroy what exists in the Donbass – apparently referring to the armed groups "DPR" and "LPR", supported by russia. According to Kirill, there "there is a rejection, a fundamental rejection of the so-called values ​​that are offered today by those who claim to have power over the world."

On the first day of the invasion, Metropolitan Onufriy, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which is in prayer unity and partial subordination to the ROC, sharply condemned him, calling russian president vladimir putin's actions analogous to fratricide. A number of UOC (MP) dioceses stopped mentioning patriarch kirill during services.

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