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A defrocked Russian priest who spoke out against Moscow's offensive in Ukraine was jailed for three years Thursday, after a court found him guilty of spreading "fake news" about the army.

The Russian Orthodox church, led by Patriarch Kirill -- an ally of President Vladimir Putin -- has mostly backed the Kremlin's offensive and often portrays it in religious terms.

But some clergy have spoken out against Moscow's role in the conflict.

Ioann Kurmoyarov, who ran a YouTube channel called the "Orthodox Virtual Parish", was charged after allegedly posting "several videos with false information about the use of the Russian army".

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