Zam. Minister of foreign Affairs Gennady Gatilov said that the Orthodox churches and monasteries destroyed in the process unleashed by the Kiev military action in the East of Ukraine, Priests and believers to suffer intimidation and bullying from Ukrainian nationalists.
He said that on the margins of the session of the Council for human rights (HRC) of the United Nations, at the opening of which is expected to act as Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia S. Lavrov Century, will host the event at a high level on the issue of the protection of Christians. According to gatilova, during the conflicts in the middle East, Christians are subjected to harassment, discrimination, become victims of the actions falling under the definition of genocide, RIA " Novosti ". The Gatilov also clarified that " difficult times, as you know, came and Ukraine, where in the process unleashed by the Kyiv authorities hostilities destroyed Orthodox churches and monasteries." Priests and believers to suffer intimidation and bullying from Ukrainian nationalists, " said the Deputy Minister." in addition, we provokes wide concern is the spread of religious intolerance in the Western States. Gaining strength movements that advocate for aggressive secularism, " he said Gatilov. According to him, now trying to undermine the morals of the religious part of European civilization. "" for this reason, we believe that we initiated a meeting on this topic will be understanding perceived by other delegations who will take an active part in it ", - said the Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. He has supplemented his words by the fact that the adoption of the document on the results of this process are not expected, it " thinks for the exchange of views between the different States on this subject, which is now more acute ". Remember, attacks on Orthodox churches in Ukraine for the last time to happen more and more often. One of the latest incidents occurred eleven February. Then the bullies had infiltrated the site of John the Theology of the Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in the village of Demidovka Rivne region of Ukraine and staged a pogrom. January 28, stated about the robbery monastery in the village, Chernivtsi, Rivne oblast in Western Ukraine. January 27 - fire wooden Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. At the end of December last year, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate announced the capture of 2 temples Rivne diocese, where abode, According to the clerics, fighters Right sector* ". A few strong young men Then cut the door locks and broke into the Church. Let's add, that on the 10th of February, the head of the Department for external Church relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Lugansk he gave to the Council of Europe information About power grabs and attacks on Orthodox churches and tried to convince the international community to protect the rights of believers in Ukraine. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation stated that attacks on religious shrines in Ukraine take place with the connivance of Kiev. The Holy Synod of the UOC in the beginning of winter last year addressed to the President Petro Poroshenko "in connection with the crisis situation in the Ukrainian society," noting that at the end of hostilities in the South-East of Ukraine destroyed or damaged nearly 90 churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
* Organization, with respect to which the court made a valid conclusion About the destruction of, or prohibiting activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law "On counteraction to extremist activity"