Authorities send AUCCRO to US to "break down the wave” in defense of UOC

06 November 2023 12:43
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Shmyhal gave instructions to members of the AUCCRO what to say in the USA? Photo: AUCCRO website Shmyhal gave instructions to members of the AUCCRO what to say in the USA? Photo: AUCCRO website

The Rada admitted that it had sent the AUCCRO to the United States to assure the Americans that there is “no persecution whatsoever” in Ukraine.

Authorities have sent a delegation from the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religous Organizations (AUCCRO) to the United States to counter the media explosion following Tucker Carlson's broadcast and the involvement of UOC lawyer Bob Amsterdam, which was subsequently reposted on X by Elon Musk. This was reported to the Ukrayinska Pravda by a source in the Verkhovna Rada who was involved in the drafting of bill 8371 on the ban of the UOC.

"We have now sent a delegation from the Council of Churches to the United States to break down this wave of manipulations that Novinsky and other defenders of the Moscow Patriarchate are trying to spread there through the media," said one of the experts involved in drafting the law.

He stated that the Ukrainian authorities sent "our Protestants and representatives of other denominations to the United States to show that there are no persecutions here."

"On the contrary, we are explaining to Americans that nobody wants to interfere with any dogmas," he added.

Members of the AUCCRO have been tasked with telling Americans that the situation regarding the UOC is "similar to what they had during the Civil War: the British monarch demanded oaths from the Anglicans in America, but they refused and founded the Episcopal Church."

As previously reported by the UOJ, representatives of the UOC were not allowed into the Cabinet of Ministers.

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