2020-06-19 13:28:00

Ukraine investigating case involving fueling of ethnic hatred in creation of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Kiev, June 19, Interfax - Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) has said it is investigating a case on illegal actions by top state officials who committed acts aimed at fanning ethnic hatred in the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

"On November 6, 2019, the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] opened an investigation based on a statement by the congregation of the Kiev Patriarchate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church about illegal actions by some top officials who committed acts aimed at fanning ethnic hatred in the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The SBU later sent the case to the SBI for investigation. An investigation is underway," the SBI told Interfax.

Ukraine's fifth president and incumbent parliamentarian Pyotr Poroshenko said on Thursday that a case had been opened against him for fanning religious hatred over the receipt by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine of a tomos on autocephaly.

"It turns out that they've opened another case against me. It's called, and I am literally quoting, 'for fanning religious hatred by receiving a tomos and the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,'" Poroshenko said before a session of the Kiev Pechersky District Court, where a measure of restraint was to be selected for him in a case involving the appointment of the deputy head of the Foreign Intelligence Service.