Vast majority of Ukrainians support banning Russian Orthodox Church, survey shows

15 April, 01:05 AM
Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Rivne (

Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Rivne (

At least 70% of Ukrainians would support a complete ban of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) in the country, according to a survey conducted by Ukrainian polling company Gradus Research on April 13-14.

Notably, the same motion attracted the support of only 55% of Ukrainian citizens in 2021.

In terms of the ongoing tensions surrounding the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, 66% of respondents are in favor of evicting ROC priests from the monastery.

Finally, the poll shows that Ukraine remains a Christian nation: 90% of respondents said they celebrated Easter on April 9, or plan to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on April 16.

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Gradus Research conducted the survey via a mobile app, with 1,330 respondents aged 18-60.

Earleir, local councils in Ukraine’s Khmelnytskyi and Rivne oblasts have voted to ban ROC in their respective regions.

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