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Metropolite of Moscow Patriarchate Orthodox Church of Ukraine denied access to Donetsk region

Source : 112 Ukraine

Metropolite Ilarion was heading from Donetsk to Svyato-Uspensky Mykolo-Vasylivsky Monastery located in Mykilske village
17:59, 10 December 2018

Metropolite Ilarion of UOC MP
ukrainian orthodox church of moscow patriarchate press service

Metropolite Ilarion, the bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate not allowed to cross the delimitation line through ‘Novotroitske’ checkpoint. Speaker of the Border Guard Service Oleh Slobodyan said that according to Interfax-Ukraine agency.

“I can confirm this fact,” Slobodyan said.

He also noted that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) knew the circumstances and reasons for the ban.

According to the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, the Metropolite Ilarion was heading from Donetsk to Svyato-Uspensky Mykolo-Vasylivsky Monastery located in Mykilske village for a traditional prayer on the icon of Our Lady of the Sign on December 10.

The message states that the right of the Metropolitan to cross the delimitation line was canceled unreasonably. As the press service claims with the reference to the SBU officer, the electronic permit was nullified on December 7. However, on December 8, the Metropolitan Ilarion returned from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra to Donetsk and had no problems with the crossing the line.

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It was reported earlier that Metropolitan Ilarion permanently resides in Donetsk, but often crosses the delimitation line for trips to Kyiv or for the needs of the eparchy.

Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service have not allowed to Ukraine around 730 Russian citizens since the launch of the martial law in the country’s 10 regions.

Ukraine has banned the entry to its territory for the male citizens of Russia in the age from 16 up to 60. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko proposed to tighten the rules of the registration in Ukraine for the Russians.

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

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