Ukrainian authorities seize building Ukrainian Orthodox Church


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Ukrainian authorities in Drohobych, in the region of Lviv, confiscated the building of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate. The building will be transferred to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which belongs to the Constantinople Patriarchate.

That is reported by Patriarcha.ru. A commission of the city council declared the church to be the city's property on May 25. It then sealed the church so that it could be transferred to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, the church community had not registered its building ownership. However, it ignored the fact that the rector of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church stated that the permission to build the church on public land and the project documentation were officially registered.

At the city council meeting, 18 citizens declared in a statement that they, as "parishioners of the church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church", wanted to transfer to the Church of Ukraine.

Earlier, the authorities of Drohobych already banned the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Union of Orthodox Journalists writes.



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