UOC-MP ready to involve its representatives from ‘LDPR’ in negotiations
On August 1, the Primate of the UOC-MP, Metropolitan Onufriy, made a statement in which he supported the signing of the agreement on a “complete and comprehensive ceasefire” in the Donbas and the readiness of representatives of the UOC-MP residing in territories not controlled by Ukraine to assist the negotiation process.
This was reported by 'Religion in Ukraine'.
“Despite the attempts of some forces to introduce political rhetoric into the Church life, to impose a particular political position on the Church, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not interfere in political processes,” the statement reads.
“Since the first days of the armed conflict, the clergy and laity of the UOC have aided all victims of the fighting, military personnel and civilians, supported family members of the victims and addressed the needs of internally displaced persons who left their homes and moved from the zone of armed conflict. With the assistance of the UOC, captured Ukrainian servicemen and volunteers from uncontrolled territories of Ukraine were released,” Metropolitan Onufriy notes.
“The congregation of our Church is located in both controlled and non-controlled territories of Ukraine. The clergymen, monastics and laity residing in the uncontrolled territories of Donbas are also ready to assist the negotiation process and help restore the desired and long-awaited peace, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within internationally recognized borders,” he says.
Note that the ‘LDPR’ militants violated the regime of a full and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas on the first day of the truce.