The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned the detention of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archbishop in the annexed Crimea. This was reported by the Ministry’s Speaker Kateryna Zelenko on her Twitter page.
"We are concerned about reports of the arrest of Klyment, the archbishop of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, in the Russian-occupied Crimea. Russian occupants are continuing their systematic attack on Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Crimea. True oppressions of religious freedoms and the rights of believers take place in the territories occupied by Russia. Let us draw attention to the detention of Klement in the UN and the OSCE, " she wrote.
The archbishop of the Crimean Diocese of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine was detained in the occupied Crimea allegedly because of theft in the church. It is reported by the Center for Investigative Journalism.
"As I was told at the police office, there was a call saying that something was stolen in the church on the Sevastopolskaya Street in Simferopol. That is, someone allegedly called that there was a theft in my church. And so they detained me at the bus station, took off already from the bus. This accusation is a lie. Because they found out about who I was only when they brought me to the regional department. And after 30 minutes they came up with such a version, "the archbishop told the representatives of the center.