Volodymyr Zelensky: Time to put an end to the links that religious circles in Ukraine have with the Russians

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Its president Ukrainian, Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking to the citizens of his country in the night sermon, he said that his government will not allow anyone to “build” a new … Russian empire in the soul of Ukrainians and underlined that his country is still fighting against the “comrades” who seek it . He noted that a bill is being prepared that will prohibit religious organizations from having relations with the Russia.

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“We will ensure the total independence of the state and that also means intellectual independence”, the Ukrainian leader said and continued: “We will not allow anyone to ‘build’ a new empire within the Ukrainian soul. At a meeting with the National Security and Defense Council, the issue of the relationship of certain religious circles in Ukraine with the Russia, the state that attacks us and it was decided:

1.The National Security and Defense Council has advised the government to table a bill in parliament that would ban religious organizations from operating in Ukraine with ties to Russian centers of influence..

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2. The State Service of Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience received an order to examine the statutes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for the presence of any connection with the Moscow Patriarchate and, if deemed necessary, to take such measures as may be prescribed by law.

3. Ensuring legality and its observance by the religious organizations operating in the area of ​​the Kiev-Pechersk National Park (including the Orthodox Monastery of the Caves of Kiev).

4.All bodies responsible for ensuring national security should intensify their efforts to identify and stop all actions of Russian intelligence services in the religious environment of Ukraine. And to impose penalties – a list of names will be announced soon.

5. We must raise the status and strengthen the capabilities of the State Service of Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience. Its structure will be modernized to give it the power to protect the rights and interests of Ukrainians and the state.”

Volodymyr Zelensky estimated that in this way his country would be able to achieve the goal of being intellectually independent from Russia and therefore take another step towards territorial independence on the battlefield.

We will ensure complete independence for our state. In particular, spiritual independence. We will never allow anyone to build an empire inside the Ukrainian soul. A meeting of the National Security and Defense Council was held today. The meeting at which we considered numerous facts of connections of certain religious circles in Ukraine with the aggressor state. First. The National Security and Defense Council instructed the Government to submit to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on making it impossible for religious organizations affiliated with centers of influence in the Russian Federation to operate in Ukraine. Second. The State Service for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience was commissioned to ensure the religious examination of the Management Statute of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for the presence of a church-canonical connection with the Moscow Patriarchate and, if necessary, to take measures provided for by law .Third. Ensure the verification of the presence of legal grounds and compliance with the conditions of use by religious organizations of the property located on the territory of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve.Fourth. All bodies responsible for ensuring national security must intensify measures to identify and counter the subversive activities of Russian special services in the religious environment of Ukraine. And apply personal sanctions – the surnames will be made public soon. And fifth. We need to raise the status and strengthen the capabilities of the State Service for Ethnopolitics and Freedom of Conscience. This structure will be reformed, which will enable it to really protect the rights and legitimate interests of the Ukrainians and the state. With these and other decisions, we guarantee Ukraine’s spiritual independence. 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦

Posted by Volodymyr Zelenskyi on Thursday, December 1, 2022

Source: News Beast

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