Viatrovych: Those rejecting the Ukrainian church must leave the country

30 January 2023 16:35
MP of Ukraine Volodymyr Viatrovych. Photo: MP of Ukraine Volodymyr Viatrovych. Photo:

The MP said that the protection of the UOC, even within the framework of Ukrainian legislation, is harmful to the state.

Volodymyr Viatrovych, MP from the European Solidarity faction, said that those who reject the existence of the Ukrainian church (meaning the OCU) should leave Ukraine or be held accountable under the law. The politician said this in an interview with Ukrinform.

Arguments that repressions against the UOC violate the law on freedom of religion are “dangerous” and “harmful,” Viatrovych noted.

According to him, they can be interpreted as "aiding the enemy."

“In my opinion, if this cannot be stopped, if the activity on the part of the state ends only with good morning photographs of representatives of the SBU against the backdrop of certain churches, perhaps this work will move into some kind of underground format, more cautious,” he said.

As reported by the UOJ, Viatrovych expressed dissatisfaction with the government bill to ban the UOC, where its connection with the Russian Federation should be confirmed by an expert examination.

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