The monks refused to leave the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra at the request of the Ukrainian authorities
monk’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate it will not leave the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, said its vicar, Metropolitan Pavel (Piotr Lebed). Earlier, the country’s Ministry of Culture demanded that UPC leave the reserve area by March 29.
“We’re not going to move out and we won’t because now there are laws that are on the side of man. Threatening us to be dealt with is not 17 years. Today there is a world community, there is a culture,” said the Metropolitan.
The priest emphasized that the UPC is not opposed to legal action, including searches, and dismissed suspicions of subversive activities in favor of Moscow. We’re not collaborators, we are citizens of our country, we are people who have lived here since 1988, many have no other place than this,” he explained.
Formerly national The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra reserve has decided to terminate the lease agreement with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Monastery belonging to the UPC. The administration drew attention to the Church’s repeated breaches of the contract. On March 13, the reserve commission began a search on the territory of the monastery, the metropolitan of Vinnitsa-Bar Varsonofa reported.
The authorities suspect UPC of having links with Moscow. In November, the Security Service of Ukraine conducted a search there, finding “pro-Russian literature promoting the” Russian world “, 2 million hryvnias and 100 thousand dollars in cash, as well as “suspect” citizens with Russian passports.
Earlier, he learned about the arrest of the metropolitan Paul on the border. According to Ukrainian media, he tried carry out church valuables and how the parish priest of the Lavra wrote out documents for their escort. Later, the metropolitan himself admitted to the detention, but denied taking the monastic property abroad.
1st of January The Moscow Patriarchate terminated the lease agreement for the refectory and the Assumption Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. On January 5, Ukrainian Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko announced that both buildings had become state property.
January 19, the government presented to the Verkhovna Rada, on behalf of President Volodymyr Zelensky, a bill banning the activities of religious organizations associated with Russia. “We will ensure full independence for our country. Especially spiritual independence. We will never allow anyone to build an empire in the Ukrainian soul. stressed Zelensky.
After the start of the war in Ukraine, the UOC declared complete independence and independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, condemning the invasion and the position of Patriarch Kirill, who sided with Putin. At the same time, the liturgical communion between the UPC and the RKP was preserved.