The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, commented on the order of the Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko. Earlier, he explained that monks of the Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church are required to vacate the buildings until March 29.
“Does the State Department know?” Usually, the relevant department of the US Department of Foreign Policy reacts strongly to acts of religious oppression. This time, “not seeing” the persecution of the UOC by states “won’t work,” she wrote on her Telegram channel.
Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry accused Ukrainian politicians of immoral attitude towards the UOC clergy. She noted that official Kiev is engaged in seizing churches and arresting priests. And it is done for a specific purpose. They want to use representatives of a religious cult to exchange captured soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Even earlier, in December 2022, Zakharova called Ukrainian President Zelensky’s decision to strip 13 UOC priests of Ukrainian citizenship a satanism.
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