Thursday, May 18, 2017
Ukraine Postpones Vote On The Law On Churches Angers Russia
Russia fears, in particular, the possibility of confiscation of their churches in Ukraine.
Systems and thousands of followers of the Russian Church to protest peacefully in front of the parliament building in central Kiev before the vote.
Warned Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Thursday that "any acts violating the interests of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine is unacceptable."
The bill proposes a special status of religious organizations that are based in the "aggressor state".
It accuses Kiev and its Western allies Russia planning the three-year war in eastern Ukraine and supports this war, which has so far killed more than 10 thousand people, a charge denied by Moscow.
He said in the ruling party, led by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said members of parliament were unable to get enough support for a vote on the draft resolution Thursday.
He said Oleksiy Goncharnko told Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that "Ktltna (in parliament) decided that the bill has not yet matured to study it."
The new date was not clear to put the bill to parliament again.
The bill compels the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow to renew registration with the authorities within three months, and put it under surveillance.
It also calls for the cancellation of the registration of the Russian churches that "the Ukrainian law violated systematically" and banned.
The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill this week that the bill "threatens the constitutional rights of millions of Ukrainian religious .. caused a wave of violence and new confiscation of churches and the escalation of the conflict between the population in Ukraine."
Kirill Ukraine accuses the confiscation of more than 40 belonging to the Church of the Moscow Patriarchate illegally in the period between 2014 and 2016, warning that the proposed law would make the confiscation of these churches always.
The majority of Ukraine's population of Orthodox Christians. Most followers of the Russian Church in the east of the country and live, while the number of people in the west and center of the country belonged to the Greek and Romanian Catholic churches.