Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimea Clement said about persecution of the Ukrainian Church and the Ukrainian language in the annexed Crimea.
He made the relevant statement within the PACE autumn session on the issue of Crimea.
“The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, as a hotbed of Ukrainian national cultural and spiritual development, is subjected to political persecution, leading to complete destruction of the Ukrainian community. The State Ukrainian language is not protected and do not develop in Crimea; it is at threat of complete destruction by the governing bodies of the Russian Federation,” said Clement.
The Archbishop appealed to international organizations, including the UN, PACE and OSCE, as well as to the countries of the EU and the States guarantors of the integrity of Ukraine to “take strong measures to protect the basic principles of the rights and liberties of Ukrainians in Crimea”.
“I believe relevant and useful to resolve the issue at the international level today to immediately institute an international mission to monitor human rights and facts of discrimination of ethnic communities on the Crimean peninsula. I ask you to consider, at the level of international negotiations, the issues of the rights and liberties of Ukrainians in Crimea and the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” he said.