The United States Department of State published a report on religious freedom in the world, in which a separate section is devoted to the situation in Crimea. The US continues to condemn the intimidation of Christian and Muslim religious groups by Russian occupation authorities.
“The occupation authorities continue to arrest the Crimean Tatars, accuse them of illegal missionary activity, seize the churches of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and force it to leave Crimea”,- the statement said.
The report notes that the US government continues to condemn the intimidation of Christian and Muslim religious groups by the Russian occupation authorities in Crimea and to draw international attention to these violations.
“The US Embassy in Ukraine said that the United States will continue to support religious freedom in Crimea, and force the occupation authorities to return the confiscated property and release prisoners convicted because of their religious or political beliefs”,- the report emphasized.