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Ukraine not to let Russia use religion in its "games", - Vice Prime Minister

Putin accused Ukraine’s authorities of “severe interference in the church life”, having compared it with “atheists of the previous century”
14:06, 1 February 2019

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine
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Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, the Vice-Prime-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine commented on the statement of the Russian President Vladimir Putin on freedom of religion in Ukraine. The respective message appeared on Twitter

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze Twitter

Earlier, Putin accused Ukraine’s authorities of “severe interference in the church life”, having compared it with “atheists of the previous century”, who “expelled the religious from the churches” and “chased the clergy”. Due to this, he promised to “do everything” to protect the Ukrainian religious. Putin did not explain what he meant exactly.

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: Religion will be on Ukraine’s ballot

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 Epifaniy, the Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. 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.

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

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

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