Putin accuses Ukraine of backing wartime group, attacking Russian churches on Defender Day



2014/10/15 • Political News

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the fact that in Ukraine, according to the decree of President Petro Poroshenko issued on October 14, a new state holiday was introduced on October 14: the Day of the Defender of Ukraine, and the Day of the Defender of the Motherland on February 23 was canceled.

He has accused the Ukrainian government of promoting the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a nationalist paramilitary group active during and shortly after World War II, and conniving in the seizure of Russian churches in Ukraine.

He was speaking at a meeting of the presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights on 14 October, the 72nd anniversary of UPA’s founding. His remarks were broadcast live by the Russian state television news channel Rossiya 24.

Putin said that the glorification of UPA, which he called a “pro-fascist organization”, was taking place amid attacks on property belonging to the “Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate”, presumably referring to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate, which has thousands of parishes in Ukraine).

“Today and yesterday, I have been watching media reports about festivities they are staging over UPA, the nationalist pro-fascist organization. Practically, this holiday is being staged officially in Ukraine.

“They have already seized 18 churches. Believers are being evicted from churches.

“What are human rights defenders doing about the performance of acts of worship and freedom of religion? There is just complete silence, by the way, in that area. Nothing at all is being said, as if this were not happening. But this is a serious thing. You see, people are being evicted. They are moving into churches, beating people up, subjecting them to all sorts of humiliation and seizing their property as well,” Putin said.

As reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to consider October 14 the Day of the Defender of Ukraine. This day is also an Orthodox Christian holiday, Intercession of the Mother of God, who is considered in Ukraine to be the saint protector of the army. On this day, Ukraine also celebrates the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks and the anniversary of the foundation of the UPA.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina, Peter Dutczyn
Edited by: Alya Shandra
Source: Argument

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  • Michel Cloarec

    Only to take off the 23 february from calender and all be well. Who cares nowadays what Putin is saying. A motherland like this one is useless even for russians.

  • TheBlogFodder

    The rumour of attacks on the ROC were faked by Russian media and the UPA fought for Ukrainian independence from Russia and Nazis. No wonder Putin is pissed.

  • Evelyn Myketa Livingston

    Who really cares about whether putin approves or not.

    • Milton Devonair

      Exactly. russia is ‘mother’ to no one. russia is and always has been an invading parasitical plague to everyone. Scr*w russia. May their decay into chaos and dust continue…..

  • Murf

    One minute his saying how terrible the rift between Russia and Ukraine is. The next he is talking trash about them.
    How can you ever trust this guy?
    Keep fortifying the border, rebuilding the army and developing your gas resources.
    He will back stab you in a heartbeat.
    Hopefully after the midterm elections here in the states we can get the Major Non NATO Ally bill through and that will change many things.

  • Don Casavant

    The propaganda about attacking the churches was predicted a week ago by another post on this site. Come on Putlier, absolutely no one believes that line of horse shit, we saw that coming last week. You better change your chief propagandist or tighten your security, it really makes you look like an idiot! (I mean, more than you usually look like an idiot!)