"We don't understand what the Ukrainian authorities are doing to protect the Ukrainians of Crimea," - Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimean, OCU

06 October, 13:20
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"We don't understand what the Ukrainian authorities are doing to protect the Ukrainians of Crimea," - Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimean, OCU - фото 1
"Ukrainians in Crimea are subject to harassment – this is to put it mildly. I emphasize that the Ukrainians of Crimea are the most discriminated against ethnic community in all sectors. Neither Ukrainians of Crimea, nor well-known public, political and religious figures opted for cooperation with the Russian Federation. It is dangerous for Ukrainians in Crimea today not only to hang out the flag of Ukraine, but also to have Ukrainian literature at home, sing in Ukrainian, and be able to study in their native language. The situation of the Ukrainian Church in Crimea is survival in difficult conditions, defiance.

Source: Voice Of Crimea

This is the comment of Metropolitan Klyment of Simferopol and Crimea on the newspaper's editorial offices "Krymska Svitlytsia" regarding the current situation of Crimean Ukrainians.

According to him, it is more depressing that not a single central authority of Ukraine still sees, hears, or wants to see or hear anything about the main problems of the OCU in Crimea.

"When I read the appeal from the official authorities of Ukraine to international institutions when I read about meetings with international representatives of these institutions of our government, I never see the topic of the Ukrainian Church in Crimea raised. If there were any decisions and statements, it was solely the merit of the Crimean Ukrainians, who are displaced persons and protect our church, demanding actions and decisions from the Ukrainian authorities.

Just take a look at the latest so-called joint statement of the Ukrainian authorities to the UN Human Rights Council, which was published by First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova. The question arises, who prepared this joint statement? Where in this statement is at least one word about the rights of Ukrainians? Where in this statement about the destruction of our church? There's not a single word. This is not just a disgrace for Ukraine. It is sabotage against Ukraine inside Ukraine. And you know, it's a shame. It is a shame that all representatives of the central authorities know about this and do not want to do anything to protect the rights of Ukrainians in Crimea and our Church in Crimea.

We know what the enemy is doing, but we don't understand what the Ukrainian authorities are doing to protect the Ukrainians of Crimea. For me, it seems that the enemies of the Ukrainian people are sitting inside the officials. Therefore, I want to draw attention to this problem of the president of Ukraine so that he, as the guarantor of the Constitution of Ukraine, begins to communicate with representatives of the Ukrainian community of Crimea, with representatives of the most discriminated religious organization of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea," said Metropolitan Klyment of Simferopol and the Crimean Orthodox Church of Ukraine.