According to the message, the decision aims to strengthen Ukraine’s national security by limiting the influence of Moscow’s church.
"Now the matter lies with the religious communities and local authority; people should understand that a religious community, whose management center is located in the aggressor country (Russian), cannot hold services in our cities and villages", said Zaparanyuk.
Local news outlet MOLBUK.UA specified that 42 council members participated in the meeting, with 40 of them supporting the decision to ban ROC.
Since late 2022, Ukraine’s SBU security service has raided ROC facilities across the country, finding vast quantities of anti-Ukrainian propaganda materials being disseminated by the priests, many of whom held Russian citizenship.
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