Religious freedom and war

Ukrainian realities


  • Oleksandra Kovalenko



Freedom of religion or belief, human rights, war, religious persecution, Ukraine, Russian invasion


The ongoing war in Ukraine creates many challenges for religious communities in Ukraine, as armed conflict provokes the violation of human rights in any country. The article focuses on violations of Freedom of Religion and Belief in Ukraine since 2014 – in the occupied Crimea and on the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as well as during the first two months after the full-scale aggression of Russian Federation in Ukraine in February 2022, including the destruction of the religious sites, killings of the priests and persecution of various religious groups.

Author Biography

Oleksandra Kovalenko

Oleksandra Kovalenko (1995) is a religious studies scholar from Kyiv, Ukraine. She a member of the Ukrainian Association of Religious Studies (UAR) and has previously worked at a State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Affairs and Freedom of Conscience which monitors religious freedom and manages the church-state relations in Ukraine.