2022-02-21 22:57:00

Kiev continuing to prepare crackdown on Ukrainian Church of Moscow Patriarchate Putin

Moscow, February 21, Interfax - Kiev is continuing to harass parishioners and clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Kiev is continuing to prepare a crackdown on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate," he said in an address to the Russian nation.

Putin noted that this is not an emotional but a document-based assessment.

"The Ukrainian authorities have cynically turned the tragedy of the church split into an instrument of state policy. The current leadership of the country does not respond to the requests of the Ukrainian citizens to repeal the laws that infringe on the rights of believers," he went on to say.

"Moreover, new bills directed against the clergy and millions of parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate have been registered in the Rada," Putin said.