People not to be forcibly removed from churches on Easter, - Head of the NPU
The Head of Ukraine's National Police, Igor Klymenko, hopes that the celebration of Easter under quarantine will include services in churches, but without crowds and incidents.
He said this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, LB ua reports.
Klymenko noted that the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs met with representatives of the All-Ukraine Council of Churches to determine the optimal approach to the celebration.
"Both the police and the Interior Ministry factor in that the Easter Services should take place. We understand that we cannot and do not have the right to close churches. Therefore, we have reached an agreement: the churches are definitely working, they hold services, there are no more than 10 people at the service," the head of the National Police said.
He added that only clergymen are allowed to wear no mask in churches, as this is required by tradition and ritual. At the same time, after the worship service, two people can enter the church if the church is large, and one person if the church is small.
Head of the National Police noted that the Police of the Dialogue and district police inspectors are located near the churches, ensuring law and order, and the priests themselves in the church - to control the number of parishioners in the premises.
"By no means will we enter the churches, and even more so, we will not take anyone out of there," Klymenko assured.