The Ministry of culture encourages law enforcement agencies to give a proper legal assessment of anti-Ukrainian actions and statements of individual members of the clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the occupied Crimea and the Donbas. About it reports a press-service of the Ministry.
«The Ministry of culture carries out continuous monitoring of the religious situation in the territory occupied by the Russian Federation of the Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions. In open sources of information contains a lot of material pointing to the openly separatist, provocative, anti-Ukrainian and intolerant towards other religious organizations, and the Ukrainian state as a whole, the nature of the statements of the representatives of the clergy and the higher clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, temporarily not controlled by Ukrainian authorities territories», — reads the statement of the Ministry of culture.
The Ministry leads the relevant facts that took place in the temporarily occupied Luhansk and Crimea for the last time.
«November 7, militants had set the Foundation stone for the construction of the monument to Prince Alexander Nevsky — the Saint that is considered protector of the borders of Russia and the heavenly patron of Russian warriors. The place for construction of the monument was consecrated by Metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk Mitrofan ( Yurchuk), together with the clergy of the Lugansk diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and in the presence of representatives of the self-proclaimed «Luhansk people’s Republic» («head» Igor Plotnitsky, head of the «National Council of the Republic» Volodymyr Degtyarenko, «Minister of culture, sports and youth» Oksana Cocotinos)», — stated in the message.
«January 14 the ruling Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Feodosia and Kerch Platon (Udovenko), who last year participated in the meetings of the Holy Synod of the UOC (at least his signature under documents of meetings), in Russian-occupied Crimea sanctified modern anti-aircraft air defense missile systems of the armed forces of the Russian Federation s-400 «Triumph», — the Ministry noted.
In this connection, the Ministry of culture expresses its deep concern about this and many other well-known cases of blatant anti-Ukrainian activities of the representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the occupied territories.
The Ministry also encourages the leadership of the UOC to publicly condemn the military aggression of Russia against Ukraine, recognized at the international level, as well as to pay special attention and provide appropriate canonical disciplinary evaluation of systemic anti-Ukrainian statement and actions of individual representatives of the clergy and the higher clergy of the UOC.
Recall that in November last year a meeting was held all-Ukrainian Council of churches and religious organizations in the city of Kramatorsk in Donetsk region. The meeting was held in a military tent on the basis of «Sarmat». According to its results it was decided to Appeal at promoting peace and development of the Ukrainian society.
September 29, 2016 the Kyiv Patriarchate has already held the 15th rotation of priests in the area ATO.
The Ministry of culture encourages law enforcement agencies to give legal assessment of anti-Ukrainian actions of the UOC in the Donbas and in the Crimea 01.02.2017