There were some videos a few months ago, about how thugs in the middle of the sermon in Ukraine, forcibly took away the priests to an unknown fate. So whatever energies is working through these thugs/nazis, it seems clear that they see the church as a threat to their control and domination. The same things happened also in Syria.
I think it helps, at least for me, when one sees what is happening as a battle taking place on a different plane, against truly evil forces which are not of blood and flesh.
There must certainly be those forces, external influences operating through people.
As for the thugs/Nazi's, in 2018 there was this (happening at the time of the Orthodox split in Ukraine):
Ukrainian police have searched several Russian Orthodox churches and the homes of Russian Orthodox priests in several cities, amid growing tensions over the fate of Ukraine's competing Orthodox faiths. The searches occurred in Kyiv and the...
Just briefly looked for what you had mentioned of the "thug/Nazi" energies (videos), the other side of the coin is hard to imagine. I knew it was bad, had read on it long ago, but not like this:
300,000 priests murdered during Bolshevik persecution for refusing to renounce position (VIDEO) -- Sott.net
They could have rejected their priesthood and saved their lives. But they didn't under Bolshevik persecution Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, adored in Russia for his wit and wisdom, talks about the Bolshevik terror. 300, 000 priests were killed during...
Good God (the video is not available).