The Security Service of Ukraine reported that it has completed counter-intelligence (security) measures being carried out on the territory of the Saint Cyril and Methodius Convent of the Mukachevo Diocese of the UOC (MP) in Transcarpathia.
"More than 20 people underwent in-depth counterintelligence interviews, including with the use of a polygraph. SSU employees found a large number of propaganda materials. Most of the literature was authored by Russian figures and published by Russian printers," the SSU said.
According to reports, among the discovered by the law enforcement officers are "books of xenophobic content with offensive fictions about other nationalities and religions." "In the pamphlets found, Ukraine's right to independence is denied, and it is emphasized that Russia, Ukraine and Belarus "cannot be divided," the special service noted.
"Despite the prohibition of the head of the diocese, the monastery continued to mention during prayers the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill Gundyaev, who "blessed" the Russian military to kill Ukrainians. They even developed a so-called "memorial" where they argued why it is impossible to refuse to mention Muscovites. They intimidated " to be suspended from all priesthood," the SSU reported.
Also during the events, the SSU, as noted, "discovered the texts of pro-Russian songs that glorified the "Russian land" and called for the "awakening of Mother Russia".
All materials will be submitted for appropriate expert research. The specified security measures were carried out within the limits of the current legislation. "In its activities, the SBU adheres to the principle of impartiality towards the activities of any religious denomination and respects the right of every citizen to freedom of worldview and religion, as defined by the Constitution of Ukraine," the special service noted.