Taking into account the temporary occupation by the Russian Federation of an integral part of Ukraine, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, committed as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine, in connection with the systemic actions of the Russian Federation against the freedom of ideology and religion of citizens of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, considering the pressure from the Russian Federation on the religious community of the Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Archbishop of Simferopol and Crimean Ukrainian Orthodox Church Klyment, to ensure that the rights to religion and freedom of conscience are respected, which are important for the formation of cultural space of Ukraine on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine recommends the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to adopt a resolution, which temporarily, for the period of validity of the Law of Ukraine “On ensuring rights and freedoms of citizens and the legal regime on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine”, to transfer the Cathedral of St. Equal-to-the-Apostles Volodymyr and Princess Olha of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the property of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea into state ownership.
“This decision is of the utmost importance, because the occupation "authorities" systematically violate the rights of religious communities and citizens living in the TOT during 6 years of the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian Peninsula by the Russian Federation,” emphasized Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Ihor Yaremenko.
The Crimean Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) is the only religious community on the Peninsula, which refused to "re-register" in accordance with Russia's illegal requirements and became one of the reasons for the persecution of believers, clergy and members of the UOC and their families by the Russian Federation.
The Government of Ukraine, for its part, will take all possible and necessary measures to protect the rights to freedom of ideology and religion of citizens of the Ukrainian Peninsula, temporarily occupied by Russia.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov has initiated the draft act.
Today, the relevant draft act has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and submitted to the Parliament.