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Ukraine intends to sabotage Orthodox Cross Procession in Kiev
Local authorities and the Ukrainian intelligence are attempting to sabotage the Cross Procession organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The authorities are banning trips to Kiev by transport companies, TASS reports. The Cross Procession is scheduled for July 27.
As per the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, when they tried to arrange transfer of the congregation members to the capital of Ukraine, transport companies were hinting that there was an order from above to ban such trips.
Then the church decided to address to private transport companies. However, they also refuse to take up the deal as soon as they get to know the date. As per the acting People’s Department of Ovruchsk Eparchy Archpriest Oleg Dominsky, the transport companies are threatened that their licenses would be recalled in case they agree to transfer the pilgrims. The situation is repeated in different regions - Rovno, Kherson, Cherkassy.
Besides, the archpriest has added that Kiev is using all the possible means in order to make an impression that the number of non-canonical, but supported by the official authorities, Kiev Patriarchate (the group of adherents of Filaret Denysenko) is growing.
As the Russkiy Mir Foundation reported earlier, cathedrals of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate are permanently attacked at Ukraine.
Official Kiev is aiming at setting up an autocephalous church at Ukraine independent of the Moscow Patriarchate. Earlier the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople with a request to set up a local Orthodox church. The Russian Orthodox Church is sure that the intention of Kiev authorities to found an autocephalous church is futile.