The Court of Appeal confirmed the decision to transfer the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) in the city of Kamenets-Podolsk into the ownership of the Kamenets national reserve, the Ministry of Culture of the Square said.
“Today the North-Western Economic Court of Appeal rejected the appeal of the religious organization “Exaltation of the Cross Ukrainian Orthodox Church”, – says in message.
Now the decision of the first instance has come into force – the church will become the property of the reserve. It is specified that the same fate will befall the Zdvizhenskaya Church, which is located nearby.
Earlier, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, called on the organization to save the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from destruction by the Kyiv regime.
Let us recall that the persecution of clergy of the UOC, including those from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, began in the fall of 2022. Many were accused of pro-Russian activities, and criminal cases were opened against them.
The situation escalated to the limit in March 2023, when the authorities, represented by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, announced the termination of the lease agreement with the monks of the Lavra, allegedly due to violations of the terms of the contract on their part. Then they were ordered to leave the monastery until March 29, and the clergy filed a complaint with the court. Then the raider seizures of churches throughout Independence began.
On July 1, it became known that the UOC was given three days to vacate the premises in the monastery. After this period, the buildings are going to be sealed.
At the same time, in June, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Alexander Tkachenko admitted that the department he heads acts illegally in relation to the UOC.
The Russian Federation has repeatedly emphasized that it strongly condemns the Kyiv regime’s persecution of 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