Moscow Patriarchate priest faces trial for allegedly spying for Russian invaders

3 September, 06:54 PM
Moscow Patriarchate priest who leaked information about the Armed Forces in Severodonetsk to the enemy (Photo:Prosecutor General of Ukraine)

Moscow Patriarchate priest who leaked information about the Armed Forces in Severodonetsk to the enemy (Photo:Prosecutor General of Ukraine)

A priest belonging to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate who leaked information to the enemy about the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Luhansk Oblast is to be put on trial, the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office reported on Sept. 3.

Prosecutors said that in mid-April 2022, the clergyman collected information on the location, equipment, and armament of Ukrainian army units in Severodonetsk and in the villages adjacent to the city, and communicated it to the Russian army.

According to prosecutors, he sent the information in the form of text messages via the Telegram messenger. The received information was used by the enemy to determine the location of targets and conduct subsequent artillery strikes.

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Evidence of the man’s alleged activities, including correspondence with representatives of the Russian military, was found in his mobile phone, prosecutors said.

If found guilty, the defendant faces 15 years in prison.

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