: Russian priest banned from entering Ukraine

17:23 Apr. 7, 2016

Russian priest banned from entering Ukraine

A briefing in the SBU office, Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)

Clergyman is accused of raising money for militants in eastern Ukraine

Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has banned a senior priest of a Moscow church from entering the country.

The priest is accused of raising funds to support the Russian-backed separatist forces in Donbas.

He organized a campaign in his cathedral and engaged his parisioners in collecting the money as "humanitarian aid".

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"The clergyman used fake photos to promote the anti-Ukrainian propaganda among the believers. He called the conflict in Donbas a "fratricidal war" started by Kyiv", stated in the SBU report.

The priest along with two other members of the church are also charged with illegally entering Ukraine.

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They crossed the border in the country's east which is temporarily controlled by the Russian-backed militants. The Moscow patriarchate priest is prohibited from visiting Ukraine for 5 years.

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