09/16/2014, 00.00
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For Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian politicians do not like the people

by Nina Achmatova
The head of the press service of the pro-Moscow Ukrainian Orthodox Church slams Maidan's too many leaders, looks at the differences with Scotland, which is set to vote on independence. No one there threatened to wipe out separatists.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - Ukrainian authorities are guilty of causing the country's war, Vassily Anisimov, head of the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, told Radonezh, an online Orthodox outlet.

"They do not like Ukrainians and do not understand them," he said in his harsh indictment. "If they did, they would not have sent them to die on Maidan [Square]. They would not have led them into the fratricidal war in the Donbass. They would not have condemned them to hunger, cold, and an existence of poverty, as economists expect this winter."

His criticism does not spare Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk. Whenever he hears him speak, he is afraid that he will "come up with some new trouble or nonsense for Ukraine."

For the representative of the traditionally pro-Moscow Ukrainian Church, Maidan's biggest problem has been having too many leaders. Indeed, in his view, "There are too many Moses, and each of them is ready to lead a weary people through the desert for 40 years and overcome many difficulties they invented so that those who survive can live in the Promised Land, Europe."

"Their slogan is 'Our children and grandchildren will live in Europe'," but "That is another lie. We know our leaders rather well. They all have homes, flats, millions, cars, factories, boats, health care; they study and go on holiday abroad. Some of them live abroad and work via Skype."

President Petro Poroshenko announced that the Association Agreement with the European Union would be ratified today, a move Russia strongly opposes. The free trade agreement would however come into effect on 31 December 2015.

Anisimov believes that "if we want to join Europe, we have to do something European" and then gives the example of Scotland, which will hold a referendum on independence from Great Britain on 18 September.

"There, the leaders of all political parties and of the government have left London for Scotland to ask the separatists not to break away," he noted.

"No one said that Scotland will be English or will be abandoned. No one was arrested. There was no news blackout, shooting, refugees or anti-terrorism operations. [. . .] Obviously, the English love Scotland since they have not razed it to the ground," he said.

As part of the truce agreed in Minsk, Kyiv said it was willing to grant greater autonomy to the administrative districts of Donetsk and Lugansk, but the two self-proclaimed "people's republics" continue to demand independence.

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