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Putin promises to “do everything” to protect Ukrainian believers

However, the Russian president did not explain what he means under “do everything”
18:37, 31 January 2019

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Russia reserves the right to “do everything for the protection of human rights”, including the protection of the freedom of religious belief in Ukraine as Radio Liberty reported citing President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

At the same time Putin emphasized that the Russian authorities “find any interference in the church affairs absolutely unacceptable”, especially in the neighboring country.

Related: Patriarch Filaret and professor of theology criticize new name of Ukrainian church

Putin did not explain what he means under “do everything”.

Besides, Putin accused Ukrainian authorities of “rude in interference in the church life”, comparing them with “last century infidels”, who “evicted the believers from the temples” and “hunted clergy”.

Related: Patriarch Filaret: no new church exists. Tomos was given to Kyiv Patriarchate

Putin also called the Orthodox Church of Ukraine “a project, which has nothing to do with faith”.

On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the United Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.

Related: Filaret urges to eradicate name “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church”

The ceremony of signing of the Tomos took place on January 5, 2019, in Istanbul. On January 6, 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew handed the Tomos on autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox ChurchEpiphaniy. The same day, Tomos landed in Kyiv.

On January 10, Tomos on autocephaly for the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church which was earlier signed by the Synod in Istanbul, has returned to Ukraine.

On January 30, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was registered as entity.

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