On April 28, 2015 the site of the Religious Information Service of Ukraine, the office of which is located at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, spread a pseudo-sensation that supposedly 54 parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of only Shumsk district,
Ternopil region, want to go under the jurisdiction of the so-called «UOC-KP». The agency referred to the chief of public security police of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in the Ternopil region Ruslan Balyk. Readers were surprised by the strange statistics, because all of six deaneries of the Ternopil diocese of the UOC include 120 parishes, and how half of them suddenly appeared in only one Shumsk district is unclear.
The journalists of the Synod Information
Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church asked personally Ruslan Balyk for comments, who said that he had never claimed to the media about the alleged desire of 54 parishes of the UOC in Shumsk district to change jurisdiction. On April 27, during a press conference he reported the journalists that only in Kremenets and Shumsk districts, there are about 54 parishes of the UOC. And the information posted by RISU hurt him personally. Ruslan Balyk said that in cases of incitement to religious tension in some villages of Ternopil region the local police always keep the situation under control and do not allow provocations – this is what he said at the press conference. In clarification of the Information Department of the UOC on the participation of the «Right Sector» in such conflicts, the police chief of public security service said that the representatives of this organization made visits to some villages, where they do not reside, to destabilize the confessional situation.
It is not the first time when the Religious Information Service of Ukraine has had a biased coverage of activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and, as well as in the above case, resorted to fiction and distorted information.