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, said Last news Deputy head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov.
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."
He also said that " difficult times, as you know, came and Ukraine, which 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 is not planned, it " thinks for the exchange of views between the different States on this subject, which is now more acute ".
first Metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk Mitrofan sent to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe were asked to respond to the facts of the attacks on the churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. UOC many times reported the harassment of clergy and grabs the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, representatives of the schismatic "Kiev Patriarchate" and armed nationalist groups, and among them extremist " Right sector ".