Hanna Arhirova

Hanna Arhirova is an author at Religion News Service.

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Russian shelling hits a landmark church in the Ukrainian city of Kherson

By Hanna Arhirova — August 3, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Kherson church, dating from 1781, is one of the city's most notable buildings.

Tensions on the rise at revered Kyiv monastery complex

By Hanna Arhirova — March 27, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The dispute is part of a wider religious conflict playing out in parallel with the war.

Some Ukrainians move up Christmas to part ways with Russia

By Renata Brito and Hanna Arhirova — December 27, 2022
BOBRYTSIA, Ukraine (AP) — Some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. Yes, this has to do with the war, and yes, they have the blessing of their local church.

With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicions on Orthodox clergy

By Hanna Arhirova and Peter Smith — November 24, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An investigation of a centuries-old monastic complex in Ukraine’s capital has underscored Ukrainian authorities' suspicions about some Orthodox Christian clergymen they see as loyal to Russia.

Ukraine searches monastic complex, prompting anger in Moscow

By Hanna Arhirova — November 22, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism service said the search is part of its "systematic work to counter the subversive activities of the Russian special services in Ukraine."
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