UOC: the demand to release the buildings of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is illegal

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) called illegal the demand to release the buildings of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. This is reported on the website of the church.

Earlier, the lawyer of the monastery, Nikita Chekman, said that the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture had created a commission to seal the premises of the Kiev Pechersk Lavra. The ministry called on the monks to vacate the corps by July 4.

“In this regard, the legal department of the UOC reports that as of today, the unilateral termination of the contract is being appealed in court”– noted in the church.

Since no decision has been made by the court on this matter, the demand to leave the Lavra is “illegal and should be regarded as arbitrariness.”

The UOC urged not to violate the legislation of Ukraine and wait for the legal decision of the court.

Recall that the persecution of the clergy of the UOC, including from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, began in the fall of 2022. Many were accused of pro-Russian activities and criminal cases were initiated against them.

The situation escalated to the limit in March 2023, when the authorities announced the termination of the lease agreement with the monks of the monastery, allegedly due to violations of the terms of the contract on their part. Then they were ordered to leave the monastery until March 29, the clergy filed a complaint with the court. Then raider seizures of temples began throughout Nezalezhnaya.

The Russian Federation has repeatedly stressed that it strongly condemns the persecution of the Kyiv regime against the church, and asked the international community to pay attention to the situation. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Zelensky’s anti-church steps against the UOC provoked a deeper split in Ukrainian society.

Source: Ren TV

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