The Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories has prepared another package of sanctions against citizens who persecute the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea. This was stated by Deputy Minister Ihor Yaremenko, as the press service of the ministry reports.
"Since 2014, the occupants have been forcibly ousting the Ukrainian church from the temporarily occupied Crimean peninsula: misappropriation of property of the Crimean community of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, violence, systematic ban on prayer services. Now the Ministry of Reintegration has prepared a sanctions package against citizens who obstruct the activities of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, it is expected that its adoption by the Cabinet of Ministers will take place in the coming days," Yaremenko said.
The Ministry of Reintegration added that the draft act proposes the imposition of restrictive measures on judges of the Russian Federation and other officials involved in the persecution of the community of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea. In particular, the illegal alienation of the premises of the Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Prince Volodymyr and Princess Olga in the city of Simferopol, other religious buildings, damage to church property, persecution of the community, and so on.
The day before, the Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova stated that militants in occupied Crimea broke into the Orthodox Church of Ukraine temple and disrupted service. Militants declared that the priest allegedly did not pray according to the Russian legislation, and began to draw up a protocol.
U.S. Embassy Kyiv expressed support for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea.
We stand with the faithful of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea after Russian security forces disrupted Sunday services in Bilohirsk on spurious claims. We will always support religious freedom, free from external influence. Let the people pray! #CrimeaIsUkraine— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) August 10, 2021