Author ORCID Identifier

Olena Predko ORCID: 0000-0002-9908-7788
Ihor Maksymenko ORCID: 0000-0002-9662-543X


The article explores Orthodoxy in Ukraine as represented by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. It also highlights the equivocal position of Filaret (Denysenko), who previously represented the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate and continues to attempt to influence the country's Orthodox configuration. Despite the inherently anti-war rhetoric espoused by the leaders of the Orthodox Churches, who view war as a manifestation of evil and violence, they each harbor unique motivations that shape their respective stances on the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war. On one hand, their argumentation often relies on ethical principles derived from canonical biblical teachings. Conversely, they also strive to assert the correctness of their own viewpoints, often overlooking their adversaries' arguments. The article underscores that fostering understanding among the Orthodox Churches in Ukraine could be achievable through constructive dialogue with the state, a process that might help temper the radicalization of conflicts.



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