President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Law "On Amnesty in 2016" at the request of the leaders of churches and Heroes of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the head of state.
"Our heroes-servicemen and hierarchs of our church appealed to me on issues of amnesty for those who went through the crucible of war, took an active part in anti-terrorist operation, but did not commit serious crimes, so that the state will pardon them," the president said during a meeting with the Heroes of Ukraine and the Primate of the churches, and noted that he would like to hear their opinion on this issue, consult and make a decision.
"If the President pardons these people - this will raise the authority of the army itself, support their spirit," said the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, the patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine. "We support the request of the convivted, and we support the very military leadership that asks for it", said Philaret.
Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onuphrius also supported the proposal to pardon those who committed not serious crimes: "I think this is a good idea. Mercy, when it manifests itself in all spheres, all benefit from it," he added.