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Petition, calling not to ban UOC (MP), gains 25,000 votes

KYIV. March 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – A petition on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers calling not to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has gained the necessary 25,000 votes for consideration.

According to the platform on the government’s website, this petition was filed on January 13 and as of March 15, it had received 25,000 votes necessary for consideration.

“On December 1, 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced in his evening video message that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine instructed the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to submit to the Verkhovna Rada a bill that would make it impossible for religious organizations affiliated with centers of influence in the aggressor country to operate in Ukraine. That is, it means that if the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is such a religious organization, then with the help of the new legislative framework, its activities in Ukraine will be impossible,” the text of the petition says.

In this connection, the author asks the Cabinet of Ministers to take into account the position of the signatories of the petition during the legal resolution of the issue with the UOC (MP).

“We ask the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, when developing the legislative framework, to approach the solution of the church issue as carefully as it is done when considering problems in other areas of state life, and not to blame individual representatives of the UOC on the entire institution, which is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” the petition says.

As reported, the Cabinet of Ministers proposes to the Verkhovna Rada to ban the activities of religious organizations whose governing center is located in the aggressor state.