Lvov officials organized the capture of a temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Lvov officials organized the capture of a temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Yesterday, on January 16th, in the village of Shandrovets in the Turka district of the Lvov region local officials, together with "activists" and supporters of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), occupied the temple of Ukrainian Orthodox Church in honor of St. John the Baptist, having taken the keys to the temple away from the Abbot.

The "activists", headed by the chairman of Shandrovets village council A. Popil, broke into the house of the Abbot of the temple, archpriest Ilya Urusky, and in the presence of the police demanded from the priest to leave the parish. Then they went to the temple to cut off the locks on the doors.

According to the Abbot of the temple, this is not the first time supporters of the OCU have invaded the room of the priest.

Commenting on the incident, archpriest Ilya Urusky explained that after the meeting that took place on January 13th at the initiative of the chairman of the Village Council and in the presence of the chairman of Turka regional state administration Aleksandr Labetsky, the "activists" of the village, together with police officers, came to his house and, in a flagrantly insulting and threatening manner, forced him to hand over the keys to the temple and tried to force him to switch to the OCU.

The Abbot of the temple and his parishioners were not present at the meeting where officials made the decision to transfer the temple to the management of the OCU.

"The village community meeting is not authorized to resolve issues that are only the priority of a general gathering of the religious organization. That’s why we consider that the head of the village A. Popil, with the participation of the chairman of the Turka regional state administration Aleksander Labetsky, raising the question of the belonging of the religious community during a village meeting to be inadmissible," noted the Lvov diocese.

As a reminder, on January 16th in the village of Olenovka in the Chernigov region the Svyato-Voznesensky temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was captured by priests of the OCU who were accompanied by “activists” from the “C14” group.

The human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” remind that according to Article 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine, Article 9 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone has the right to freedom of worldview and religion.

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