UOC handed over to OSCE data, the blocking of a Large procession on 27 July

© Sputnik / Miroslav to Waterpalace in fotobanka-Pechersk Lavra in Kiev. Archival photoUOC handed over to OSCE data, the blocking of a Large procession on 27 July© Sputnik / Miroslav to Retirerait the image Bank

Representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church handed over to the delegation of the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine about preventing data from a number of local officials and security forces arrive in Kyiv the participants of the procession on 27 July on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus, reported on the website of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Meeting with the representatives of the OSCE mission took place on Wednesday in Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church took part the Chairman of information Department of the UOC Archbishop of Nizhyn and Pryluky Clement. According to the UOC-MP, during the meeting they discussed issues related to the organization of a Large procession on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, which will take place on Friday in the Ukrainian capital.

«In particular, addressed the problems that arise among the believers in their desire to arrive in Kyiv to participate in the celebration of the baptism of Rus on July 27. The representatives of the mission have recorded all the facts of impeding the participation of the faithful of the UOC in the procession, given by Archbishop Clement according to information received from different regions of Ukraine», — stated in the message.

The Moscow Patriarchate also previously expressed concerns coming from Ukraine with information on obstacles to the holding of the procession of the UOC-MP. Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media Vakhtang Kipshidze, in particular, noted that the smooth holding of religious processions is guaranteed by international law and domestic laws of Ukraine. Kipshidze urged to ensure that «all obstacles to the peaceful conduct of the procession were immediately eliminated and our Ukrainian brothers would have the opportunity for prayer in the absence of threats and the limitations of someone else».

The UOC-MP state that officials EN masse to block participation of the faithful from different regions in the prayer service on Vladimir hill and the procession on July 27, banning, for example, carriers to go to this day, the route to Kiev. The authorities are trying to support the holding of the procession of the schismatic Kiev Patriarchate: «on July 28, the organization of buses to participate in the celebrations of the «Kievan Patriarchate» is responsible for the local administration», noted the UOC.

The feast of the Baptism of Russia is celebrated day of memory of Prince Vladimir (July 28). In Ukraine, the main celebrations will be held on 27 and 28 July.