Archbishop Klyment went on hunger strike in Kyiv. He holds picket outside Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

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Марина ПищулинаQHA media
10 December 2019, 12:39
Фото: QHA
Марина ПищулинаQHA media
10 December 2019, 12:39

The Archbishop of the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Klyment, went on a hunger strike in protest against the inaction of the Ukrainian government regarding the support and protection of the rights of believers of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in occupied Crimea.

He told about his position and demands in an interview with QHA media, holding a one-person picket near the Cabinet of Ministers building in the center of Kyiv.

Klyment accused the Minister of Culture Volodymyr Borodyansky of inaction, adding that President Volodymr Zelensky "is aware of the situation."

The Archbishop announced that every day from 9:00 to 16:00 he would picket outside the Cabinet, demanding the adoption of the necessary decisions.

The Crimean Archbishop further noted that he seeks to meet with Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk to address the urgent issues of believers in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in occupied Crimea, but so far he has not been able to achieve this.

Earlier, the Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga in occupied Simferopol was robbed. Archbishop Klyment believes repairmen committed the theft. The Archbishop also said that this is not the first case of theft in the cathedral during repair works.

Previously, in July, unknown persons looted and destroyed the church property of the Cathedral of Saints Equal to the Apostles Vladimir and Olga of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in annexed Simferopol.

In November it became known that the "Mayor's office" of occupied Yevpatoriya filed a statement with the "court" on demolishing the cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the city. Archbishop Klyment said that over the course of six months, various commissions allegedly recorded “the fact of the illegal construction of the temple,” although the Orthodox Church of Ukraine has all the permits.