Archbishop of Nizhyn and Pryluky Clement met with the representatives of OSCE SMM in Ukraine in Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, as the Information Department of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church reports.
They were discussing questions related to the Cross Procession dedicated to the 1030th anniversary of Christianization of Kievan Rus. The celebrations of the event will be held on July 27 in the capital.
In particular, they discussed the issues which the believers face due to their desire to come to Kyiv to participate in the celebration of Christianization of Kievan Rus on July 27.
The representatives of the mission documented all the evidence which impede the believers to take part in the Cross Procession, provided by Archbishop Clement.
As we reported earlier, last year’s religious procession started in Ternopil and Donetsk regions, brought the two groups of believers to enter Kyiv on July 26, meet on July 27 in Kiev at St. Vladimir's Hill, and together with the Orthodox Kyiv citizens and pilgrims proceed to Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The expected number was 30 000 participants, however, there were more than 4,500 pilgrims at Volodymyrska Hirka a year ago and around 6 000 people took part in celebration of Baptism of Rus last year. Law enforcers expected a high number of provocations by pro-Russian activists or Kremlin-backed militants, tightening preventive measures, however, there were no serious violations reported.