OCU joins international platform for release of Ukrainian political prisoners held by Russia

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The mission of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) joins the Platform for International Efforts to free Ukrainian Political Prisoners held by Russia, the Journalist reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The parties discussed the pressing problems that the Crimean diocese of the OCU and the Ukrainian religious community face with in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.

Emine Dzhaparova and Metropolitan Kliment paid special attention to the oppression of the OCU and the Ukrainian Orthodox community by the Russian occupation administration.

Metropolitan Kliment has informed in detail about the planned and methodical ousting of the community from the occupied peninsula. He said that the occupation administration was persecuting him personally and sized the property of the community, paralyzing the activities of the church.

The parties also condemned illegal steps by the occupying state, aimed at actually ousting Ukrainian identity from Crimea.

Following the meeting, they worked out a joint action plan to support the OCU as Ukrainian unit in the occupied Crimea. It includes, in particular, the international dimension: informing the world community about the facts of persecution of the OCU, encouraging international partners to take action in defense of religious freedoms in the occupied peninsula.

Emine Dzhaparova and Metropolitan Kliment paid special attention to the need to support and release political prisoners, discussed the interaction between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Orthodox Mission of Assistance to Victims of Human Rights Violation and Persons Deprived of Liberty, headed by Metropolitan Kliment. They agreed to join the Orthodox Mission in the Platform for International Efforts to free Ukrainian Political Prisoners held by Russia, initiated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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