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 Only Ukrainian citizens will be allowed to attend tomorrow's worship, - Minister Avakov

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced introduction of a special regime in Kyiv in connection with tomorrow's prayer service and religious procession of worshipers from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, both dedicated to the anniversary of Christianization of Rus-Ukraine.

The minister said it at today's briefing, Censor.NET reports citing RBC-Ukraine.

Everyone who comes to take part in the prayer service, which is to be held tomorrow in Kyiv along with the sacred procession, both dedicate to the anniversary of Christianization of Rus-Ukraine, will undergo an identity check to prevent the nationals of other countries, who may turn out to be provocateurs, from attending the ceremony.

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"We are introducing a special regime in view of tomorrow's prayer service. Every citizen may attend the worship, and we will ensure their safety at the place," Avakov said.

According to him, the prayer's site at Saint Volodymyr Hill will be accessed through some 20 door frame metal detectors. In addition, the police will search personal bags and backpacks in order to avoid penetration of weapons and explosives.

"Also, people will undergo an identity check, as the citizens of Ukraine have the right to freedom of assembly, while the citizens of other countries don't. We don't want the prayer to turn into a provocation," the minister added.

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