Narratives of the Religious Sphere Through the Prism of the Ukrainian Media

S. Kozyryatska


The purpose of the article is to investigate the features of the use of nominations, which include the concept of «narrative», on the websites of denominations and in the texts of messages related to the religious sphere in the Ukrainian media, as well as their importance for strategic communications.

Research methodology. According to the purpose of the research, both general scientific methods (descriptive, comparative, analysis, synthesis, generalization) and empirical methods were used during the research, in particular, the continuous selection method and elements of qualitative content analysis.

The results. The analysis has showed that messages of religious topics in media resources presented on the Internet most often aimed at refuting and deconstructing the false meanings that Russia tries to impose when commenting on issues of the religious sphere of Ukraine. The concept of «narrative» is accompanied with the signified concepts together «hostile», «lying», «propagandist», which are used in the context of opposition to the propaganda messages of the aggressor country, which penetrated into the religious space, with the aim of demythologizing the ideology of the «Russian world» (Pax Russica), which is important in the context of strategic communications.

Internet resources of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine (RCCiU) use nominations with the element «narrative» also in order to resist fake news. The websites of the UOC-MP do not use such or related nominations (meanings) outside the religious context, and do so exclusively in relation to holidays, fasting, prophecies, etc.

Novelty is that the nominations in media texts, where the «narrative» is the key element, are singled out, the peculiarities of their use and importance for strategic communications are determined.

Practical meaning. The results of the study can be used during the comprehensive study of religious journalism in Ukraine and as educational material in the process of training future journalists.

Key words: narrative, strategic communications, Christian denominations, Ukrainian media.


Bezverkha, A. (2012). U borotbi za natsionalnu identychnist: mediine predstavlennia Ukrainskoi hreko-katolytskoi tserkvy [In the struggle for national identity: media representation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church]. Naukovi zapysky Instytutu politychnykh i etnonatsionalnykh doslidzhen

im. I. F. Kurasa NAN Ukrainy, 2 (58), 72–283 [in Ukrainian].

Boreiko, Y. (2020). Pravoslavna tserkva Ukrainy na peretyni suspilnykh naratyviv: konflikt interpretatsii [The orthodox church of Ukraine at the intersection of social narratives: conflict of interpretations]. Ukrainske Relihiieznavstvo, 91. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Vermenych, Ya. (2013). Lokalno-rehionalni rivni vitchyznianoho naratyvu [Local and regional levels of the national narrative]. Ukrainskyi istorychnyi zhurnal, 5, 4–23. [in Ukrainian].

Dynamika doviry sotsialnym instytutsiiam u 2021–2023 rokakh (2023) [Dynamics of trust in social institutions in 2021–2023]. Kyivskyi mizhnarodnyi instytut sotsiolohii. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Zykun, N., Bessarab, A., & Ponomarenko, L. (2020). Naratyv yak kontentna osnova mizhnarodnykh stratehichnykh komunikatsii [Narrative as Content Basis of International Strategic Communications]. Derzhava ta rehiony. Seriia: Sotsialni komunikatsii, 1, 4–11. [in Ukrainian].

Kazakov, M. (2015). Hrand naratyv v istorii [Grand narrated in history]. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Karlova V. (2017). Dukhovna bezpeka ukrainskoho suspilstva: vyklyky, zahrozy ta shliakhy yikh podolannia [Spiritual security of Ukrainian society: challenges, threats and ways to overcome them]. Retrieved from [in Ukrainian].

Karpiuk, H. (2018). Ukrainskyi front informviiny: yak protydiiaty ahresii y propahandi v mediaprostori [The Ukrainian Front of the Information War: How to Counteract Aggression and Propaganda in the Media Space]. Ukraina moloda, 31. Retrieved from 121600/ [in Ukrainian].

Voinalovych, V., & Yelenskyi V. (Eds.). (2012). Relihiinyi chynnyk u protsesakh natsiie- ta derzhavotvorennia: dosvid suchasnoi Ukrainy [Religious Factor in National and State-Forming Processes: The Experience of the Modern Ukraine]. Kyiv: Instytut politychnykh i etnonatsionalnykh doslidzhen im. I.F. Kurasa NAN Ukrainy [in Ukrainian].

Riven relihiinosti, dovira do Tserkvy, konfesiinyi rozpodil ta mizhtserkovni vidnosyny v ukrainskomu suspilstvi [The level of religiosity, trust in the Church, denominational distribution and inter-church relations in Ukrainian society]. (2023). Ukrainskyi tsentr ekonomichnykh ta politychnykh doslidzhen im. O. Razumkova. Retrieved from (10.01.2024) [in Ukrainian].

Semerhei, N. V. (2018). Relihiino-tserkovnyi vymir ukrainskoho natsionalno-kulturnoho vidrodzhennia 1917–1921 rokiv: kontseptualizatsiia naratyvu suchasnoi istoriohrafii [Religious-church measurement of ukrainian national and cultural revival of 1917–1921: conceptualization of narration of contemporary historiography]. Hrani, 21 (7), 63–69 [in Ukrainian].



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Since 2013, all electronic versions of the journal are stored in the National Library of Ukraine named after VI Vernadsky of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and presented on the portal in the information resource "Scientific Periodicals of Ukraine".

Indexing of the journal in scientometric databases:

The publication is indexed by Citefactor: 2019/2020: 4,54.

The journal is indexed by Google Scholar.

In 2020, the journal was included in the Index Copernicus.

The journal is indexed by Innospace Scientific Journal Impact Factor (SJIF): 2016: 5,899, 2017: 6,435, 2018: 7,037, 2019: 7,431

From 2020, the collection is indexed by ResearchBib.

Journal included in the PKP Index.