Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2022

In Osteuropa 4-5/2022

Bombed to Pieces for Once and for All
Relations between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church

Nikolay Mitrokhin

Deutsche Fassung


Russia’s war against Ukraine has finally destroyed the connection between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Until February 2022, the UOC had always maintained its autonomous status within the common church of the Moscow Patriarchate because of an intra-Ukrainian church dispute with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. But the bombs of Russia’s army and the imperial stance of the Moscow patriarch, who supports this war of aggression, have led to a tectonic shift. The fate of the common church is sealed. What remains open is how relations develop between the Ukraine’s Orthodox churches.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2022, pp. 79–98)