Ukrainian security forces intend to destroy the UOC, said Azarov

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The Ukrainian authorities have set before the power structures of the task to destroy the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, ex-Prime Minister of the country Mykola Azarov.

The security service of Ukraine November 30 held at the place of residence of the Abbot of the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Paul searches. He said that the authorities are trying to put him under political pressure. Also, searches were held in Zhytomyr and Ovruch dioceses of the UOC. The Ukrainian authorities had previously stated that they did not intend to interfere in the Affairs of the Church.

Azarov reminded that the head of the canonical UOC priests that are of Ukrainian descent. «No one from Russia. And as they say, is supposedly «Moscow priests»… That is a lie, pressure, slander, propaganda is now involved. This has never happened. Against law enforcement agencies are challenged to destroy the canonical Orthodox Church», — Azarov said at a press conference in Moscow.

According to him, if this can be done, it will lead to a «deep rift» between the Orthodox in Ukraine and Russia, will tear them from each other.

«This is a powerful step of formation in Ukraine is anti-Russian regime, aimed primarily against Russia, and of Ukraine itself,» he predicts.

Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities, including President Petro Poroshenko, has declared that do not intend to interfere in the Affairs of the Church, but do it all the time. So, despite promises, Poroshenko made from Constantinople the recognition of non-canonical Church in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church called schismatic. Rada of Ukraine adopted the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Later, the Ministry of justice of Ukraine was deprived of the canonical UOC right of use of buildings of Pochayiv Lavra. Action against the Pochaiv monastery testify to the intimidation of believers by the authorities of Ukraine, stated in the ROC. Advisor Poroshenko Rostyslav Pavlenko went to Istanbul to observe the Synod and meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople on the question of autocephaly.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the ROC I hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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