«Hate speech» and forfeiture-aimed legal actions in resolutions of the state authorities The Holy Dormition Pochaiv Lavra
A case which illustrates the attitude of the government to the religious denomination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is that representatives of the elective state body – Ternopil Regional
Council – who are supposed to act ethically and within the legislation took the liberty to openly defame the denomination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church having blamed a centuries-old religious
sanctity of the Ukrainian people – the Holy Dormition Pochaiv Lavra – in antinational activity. In particular, the state body approved by deputies’ voting the following theses: “The Kremlin
invaders are interested, like never before, in splitting Ukraine and destroying its territorial integrity. For they feel uneasy when they watch Ukrainians become the nation of courageous and
brave people. In order to further undermine our society the occupants create and activate “fifth columns” to serve the neighbouring state. The Pochaiv Lavra of Holy Dormition, one of the
spiritual sanctities of the Ukrainian people, is being intentionally transformed into the focal centre of anti-Ukrainian activity and interreligious conflict. Under the “canonical” guise of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate it actually intends to russify the Ukrainian population assisting the invaders”.
Regrettably, this official standpoint of the state body can be interpreted by the population as a flash signal to seize sanctuaries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with impunity.
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