Religious Freedom Against the Background of the Ukrainian-Russian War: Some Legal Aspects


  • Dmytro Vovk



This essay deals with various issues of religious freedom and state-church relations that arose during and in connection with the Revolution of Dignity and the military and political conflict between Ukraine and Russia. I do not propose any completed answers, but I rather formulate the question which answers need, based on the fact that one of the reasons that led to both EuroMaydan and the annexation of the Crimea and the war on the Donbass is the European choice of Ukraine. This choice does not only mean the institutional integration of Ukraine into certain European structures. First of all, it predetermines the perception by the Ukrainian society and the state of a certain set of legal values ​​(the rule of law, democracy, respect for human rights, etc.) and related values ​​and principles that must be embodied in domestic law and order. It should also be emphasized that the following considerations are considerations of a lawyer. I do not have sufficient qualifications for religious or political analysis, and I propose only a look at the religious freedom and relations between the state and the church, which focuses on the above legal values.