RIA Novosti and other pro-Kremlin media featured stories this week claiming that the Polish Orthodox Church refused to recognize the independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

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Unhealthy church organism: Polish church does not recognize Ukrainian Autocephaly, announced Ukraina.ru. Pravda, Federalnoya Agentstvo Novostey, Pravmir, the Orthodox journal FOMA and others also featured this fake story.

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Meanwhile, an official communique issued by the Polish Orthodox Church expresses support for the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

“Regarding the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, we hereby unequivocally inform that the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church was and is in favor of recognizing the full independence-autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” the communique reads.

The communique also states that the Polish Orthodox Church is working with other national orthodox churches to resolve church issues in Ukraine.