Comment from Daria Morozova following ban on crossing contact line by Metropolitan Hilarion

Comments and statements of the Ombudsman News

The ban imposed by the Security Service of Ukraine on crossing contact line by Metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol Hilarion is another outrageous incident of the rapid deterioration of the human rights situation in Ukraine.

With regard to recent events, Kiev de facto outlaws Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Patriarch of Moscow. Apparently, this is due to the unwillingness of church hierarchs to participate in the splitting “unifying” council, as well as their rejection of the hatred-based ideology of Ukrainian leaders aimed at inciting intolerance, hostility, interethnic and religious hatred in favour of their own political interests.

Currently, Ukraine is fueling a war on religious grounds. In the context of the recently introduced martial law, the ban on Metropolitan Hilarion to cross the contact line is another provocation aimed at infringing the rights and freedoms of Donbass residents and escalating the conflict. This was done in order to prevent the adoption of certain decisions aimed at improving the current situation.

I urge the world community to pay special attention to and give a balanced and unbiased assessment of the recent developments in Ukraine. Unfortunately, now we can only state the rapid deterioration of the negotiation process caused by the Ukrainian side, which creates well-founded concerns about everything we had agreed earlier.