Metropolitan Epifaniy met with Ukraine’s president permanent representative in Crimea and spoke about oppression of OCU faithful
On February 14, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine held a meeting with the permanent representative of the President of Ukraine in the occupied Crimea, Anton Korynevych, the press service of the OCU reports.
The President’s representative was accompanied by his First Deputy, Daria Svyrydova, and Deputy Tamila Tasheva. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the public Association of relatives of political prisoners of the Kremlin, Igor Kotelyanets.
The head of the OCU discussed with high-ranking guests the difficult situation in the annnexed Crimea and the occupied part of Donbas. They discussed, in particular, the significant oppression experienced in Crimea by the faithful of the OCU, in the diocese headed by Archbishop Klyment, and representatives of the Crimean Tatar people.
Metropolitan Epifaniy spoke about a number of meetings during his visit to the United States and communication with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Kyiv, during which the issue of violation of human rights, in particular freedom of religion, was repeatedly raised in the territories occupied by the aggressor country.
They also discussed the detention of political prisoners by Russia, about 80% of whom are Crimean Tatars.