Metropolitan Mitrofan, an Ukrainian citizen, was also denied the right to enter Ukraine

December 10, 2018 – The official website of the Gorlovka and Slavyansk Diocese confirmed that Metropolitan Mitrofan (Nikitin) of Gorlovka and Slavyansk Diocese (a clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate, and an Ukrainian citizen) was also denied the right to cross the demarcation line around some eastern territories in Ukraine through the official entry-exit checkpoint by the Security Service of Ukraine. Therefore, combining with previous case, the incident becomes the following:  His Eminence together with, the ruling bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Diocese, Metropolitan Hilarion,  attempted and did not manage to enter Ukraine through the entry-exit checkpoint “Novotroitskoye” on December 9 as the Security Service of Ukraine had arbitrary annulled their passes.


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