12 March 2019, 12:29

Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine might be destroyed in occupied Yevpatoria - Archbishop Eustratius

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The Kremlin-controlled “authorities” of Crimea intend to demolish the Cathedral of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in the Yevpatoria.

Archbishop of Chernihiv and Nizhyn of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Eustratius (Zorya) made a corresponding statement in the commentary to UNN.

According to the Archbishop, the Crimean “authorities” began issue writs to the Yevpatoria Cathedral of the Ukrainian Church about its allegedly illegal construction, thereby demanding its destruction.

Eustratius further noted that the situation of religious communities and temples of Orthodox Church of Ukraine may deteriorate at any time.

For the Russian government, even its own laws have no value. If it makes a decision, it will implement it, despite the laws or any international rules and obligations, – the Archbishop said.

On February 12, 2019, the “authorities” of the annexed Crimea demanded that the administration of the Crimean Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine should vacate the premises of the Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga in Simferopol.

On March 6, the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine appealed to the UN, the OSCE, the European Union and the guarantor countries of the Minsk Protocol because of the pressure on the clergy and the threat of banning activities in the occupied Crimea and certain areas of Donbas. The statement noted that the “authorities” of Crimea were attempting to take away the premises in which the Cathedral Church of Saints Vladimir and Olga in Simferopol is located and pressure on the community of the church in Yevpatoria.