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Zakharova says Kiev holding Ukrainian church 'hostage'

Russian Foreign Ministry's Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused the government in Kiev of holding the Ukrainian Orthodox Church hostage, TASS reported on Wednesday.

"In plain text, without any embarrassment, the Kiev regime voiced the criminal logic: freedom of religion in Ukraine is held hostage by bandits on Bankova Street," Zakharova reportedly stated.

Her comments came in response to a statement made by Ukraine's Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, who suggested that the monks of the church could remain in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra if they were to join the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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