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The police have opened five criminal cases and issued five administrative protocols for coronavirus lockdown violations by representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) during Orthodox Easter holidays.

"Easter. The National Police of Ukraine have opened five criminal proceedings and issued five administrative protocols – all concern the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine," adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Zorian Shkiryak said on Facebook on April 20.

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In particular, on April 19, police launched criminal proceedings over coronavirus quarantine violations at two monasteries – the Sviatohirsk Holy Assumption Lavra in Donetsk region and the Pochayiv Holy Dormition Lavra in Ternopil region.

Both monasteries are controlled by the UOC-MP.