Ukraine's Culture Ministry has warned the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church that it could face lawsuits if its priests continuing participating in pro-European Union protests.
In a letter issued on January 13, the ministry called the religious
activities of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests on Kyiv’s
Independence Square in support of anti-government protesters since
December "a violation of Ukrainian legislation regarding the freedom of
conscience and religious meetings," which could lead to "the
cancellation of the church's activities" and criminal charges.
Svyatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said
in Kyiv on January 13 that his church cannot stay away when its
parishioners seek help since "people's rights and the principles of
public morale come out of God's law."
An estimated 4.2 million of Ukraine's 45.5 million people belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.