UOC-KP archbishop reports in Brussels about violations of Ukrainian communities’ rights in Russian-occupied Crimea and Donbas

10 March 2017, 10:07 | International relations | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

On March 6-9, 2017, with the blessing of Patriarch Filaret, Archbishop Yevstratii of Chernihiv, Kyiv Patriarchate representative to the European institutions, made another working visit to Brussels.

On March 6, the hierarch arrived in the Belgian capital.

On March 7-8, he had a series of his meetings with the European Commission, the European Parliament, as well as non-governmental organizations.


In particular, the hierarch visited the European Bureau of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, which is a longstanding partner of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations in various educational, social and information projects.

The hierarch met in European Parliament with a number of parliamentarians representing different parties and parliamentary factions (the European People's Party, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the Greens). Among others, he met with Lithuanian MP Petras Auštrevičius, who leads the inter-factional group “Friends of Ukraine.”

Archbishop Yevstratii also met with the advisors of several European Parliament officials.

During the meetings they discussed the current inter-confessional and social situation in Ukraine, the violation of religious freedom and the rights of the Ukrainian community in the areas of Crimea and Donbas temporarily occupied by Russia, the prospects for cooperation with European institutions both for the Kyiv Patriarchate and the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, other issues of mutual interest.

In addition, the archbishop met with the representative of Ukraine to the EU, Mykola Tochickyy and the rector of the parish of Brussels (UGCC), Fr. Oleg Zymak.

On March 9, the hierarch returned home. It was reported by the press-center of the Kyiv Patriarchate.


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  • Roma Hayda | 14 July 2017, 18:46

    Excellent analysis with important historical and faith based references. Our faith asks us to forgive (and we must), but it does not ask for amnesia. The Servant of God Andrey Sheptytsky was a strong

  • Ігор Мицько | 12 July 2017, 15:08

    А мільярди Владіміра Путіна посідають особливе місце у Банку Ватикана.

  • Ігор Мицько | 4 July 2017, 11:26

    Робота ГРУ перед зустріччю кремлівського уродця з Трампом.

  • ustavschyk | 3 July 2017, 17:12

    Який "пастирський візит"?! Леонардо Кардинал Сандрі ніякий 'пастир' для УГКЦ, навіть брати до уваги що він префект Конгрегації проти - пробачте, 'для' Східних Церков.

  • Ron Feledichuk | 28 June 2017, 16:27

    And yet so many Ukrainians are under the russian imposed belief that the russian orthodox church is their Mother church including some of my own family in Canada!

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