Ukraine’s Internal Minister Arsen Avakov stated that the law enforcers would be reacting to any manifestations of religious intolerance severely. He said it commenting on the process of provision of autocephaly to Ukraine’s Orthodox church, as the press office of the Ministry reports.
“I urge not to allow provocations and speculations. The Internal Ministry will provide security and public order. If there is a necessity to oppose extremism or religious hatred, it will act severely. Let in not be a surprise for the hotheads,” the Minister stressed.
Besides, he urged all the political and public figures to refrain from provocations and attempts to destabilize the country.
As is known, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response'.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'