Russia does not cease to inflame the conflict between the Churches in Ukraine, - Mike Pompeo
During the presentation of the report on religious freedoms, in addition to the dire situation with religious freedom in Crimea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also touched upon the dire situation in Eastern Ukraine, where most religious groups that are recognized by Ukrainian law do not have the opportunity to register.
“Forces controlled by Russia continue to use buildings of religious minorities as military institutions,” the report says.
Russia continues to use disinformation to foment conflict in Ukraine between churches, the U.S. State Department reports.
The document also mentions that the number of instances of anti-Semitist manifestations in Ukraine has decreased compared to previous years. Meanwhile, the speakers have noted that investigations into anti-Semitic vandalism in Ukraine usually end without result.
There is also discrimination against religious minorities at local levels, the report says, particularly when it comes to allocating land for religious buildings.