It is said in statement released Thursday.
‘’ Unfortunately lately Kiev Patriarchate became known numerous instances of threats to life and health of the clergy and faithful of the UOC-KP, obstructing the activities of the Church in eastern regions of Ukraine by the controlled and encouraged by Russian terrorist and separatist forces’’ - said in a statement.
‘’ In particular, armed persons vdyralysya to the churches of the Kyivan Patriarchate requiring the clergy to immediately move into submission to the Moscow Patriarchate terrorists, “declared the death penalty,” the priests the CP, in the current environment poses a real threat to the life of the clergy and faithful of the UOC-KP in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions’‘, - the statement.
‘’ In some places due to the activity terrorist and separatist forces created their obstacles (roadblocks) clergy, in order not to put at risk the congregation, some churches forced to significantly reduce the number of worship, and in some altogether stop them’’ - reported in the UOC-KP.
In addition, the statement points to the connection between one of the leaders of terrorists and armed separatists, Russian special forces officer Igor Hirkinym (Strelkova) and KV Malofyeyevym - board chairman of St. Basil the Great (Russia), which was organized to bring to Ukraine so-called “Gifts of the Magi”.
‘’ concern is also found Recording their negotiations where Hirkin reports “Constantine Valerevich” the attack the Ukrainian military and law enforcement, and the last wishes of “good award-holiday” (Palm Sunday) is available on the Internet’’ - said in a statement.
‘’ There are other evidence of close links between Hirkinym (Strelkova) and specified navkolotserkovnym Russian Fund’’ - said in a statement.
The statement called for the Moscow Patriarchate condemn collaboration with separatists and distance themselves from it, to punish those responsible.
Given all, the UOC-KP requested the representatives of the government of Ukraine with a request to protect the clergy and congregation of the Kyivan Patriarchate in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of attacks and threats of criminals.
As you know, Kostyantynivka (Donetsk region) in the block post-separatists shot Orthodox priest.