Donetsk, Dec 10 – DAN. Kiev's denial of entrance to metropolitan bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Ilarion through the official checkpoint Novotroitskoye is the violation of human rights by Ukrainian authorities, said acting DPR Head Denis Pushilin.

"The incident is outrageous. It is the policy of human rights violation, that has been characteristic of Kiev for several years.

"His Eminence Ilarion often has to cross the line, he always runs the risk of being provoked by Nazis or schismatics."

Pushilin said that the DPR denies any religious persecution. Only totalitarian destructive sects are prohibited in the Republic.

"Traditional religions are never persecuted."

Ukrainian security service did not allow the metropolitan bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol to cross the contact line on December 9 without any legal grounds, the website of the Donetsk eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said.*ot