The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has hired Amsterdam & Partners to fight the effort by Ukraine’s parliament to ban the church for its historic ties to Russia.

“Protecting freedom of religion of all Ukrainians is essential to the continued support for Ukraine in both Washington and key European capitals,” said Robert Amsterdam.

The firm has conducted outreach to the State Dept.’s Office of Religious Freedom, White House, and offices of Sens. Jon Ossoff, Marco Rubio and Jeanne Shaheen. It has received $7K for its efforts.

UOC officially declared its independence from the Moscow church but some local churches have maintained their ties.

Ukraine this month has filed criminal charges against Patriarch Kirill, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church and has close ties with Vladimir Putin.

It accuses Kirill of “infringing on Ukraine’s territorial integrity, justifying armed aggression and planning and preparing an aggressive war.”