The house of the priest of the Lviv diocese of the UOC, priest Maksim Yoenko, around which a scandal erupted over suspicions of the construction of the church, was attacked by vandals at night.
In the city of Zolochiv, Lviv region, unidentified persons painted the house of a priest of the UOC with offensive inscriptions and Nazi symbols. The UOJ was informed about this by the secretary of the Lviv diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Alexander Ivanchenko.
“A group of thugs, about 3 people, committed an act of vandalism against the family of a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church,” Reverend Alexander said. “It probably happened at night. The priest’s property received significant damage. The fence around the house was covered with paint, grave inscriptions and Nazi symbols. «
The photo from the scene of the incident, provided to the UOJ editorial office, shows the inscriptions “Go away ROC”, “blood on your hands”, “blood stains” and Nazi symbols on the fence.
The day before, a scandal arose in Zolochiv around the alleged construction of a UOC temple under the guise of a residential building. The alarm was sounded by public activists, representatives of the UGCC and city deputies. The mayor of the city, Igor Grynkiv, said that in Zolochev «there is and will not be a Moscow church» and initiated an extraordinary session of the City Council, at which the deputies unanimously voted to ban the construction.
The outraged activists organized a night «watch» at the house of the UOC cleric, and the mayor of Hrynkiv recorded an urgent video message.
“For several days we have all been alarmed by the attempt to create a Moscow church in our city,” he said on his Facebook page. — All night today, deputies of the city council, members of the city executive committee, representatives of the public formation «Miska Varta» were on duty on Trush Street in Zolochiv. We managed to establish and record a gathering of people, among whom there are residents of Zolochiv and residents of nearby villages. The information was promptly transferred to law enforcement officers. I emphasize once again that on Trush Street in Zolochev, under the guise of a residential building, as indicated in the documents, the Muscovites illegally intend to build a church. THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN! «
At the same time, the church of the UOC in Zolochiv is not being built, said the secretary of the Lviv diocese of the UOC.
According to him, about a year ago, priest Maxim Yoenko, a cleric of the diocese, bought half a house in this city for himself and his family and is now renovating it. There is no parish of the UOC in Zolochiv, but when the priest of the canonical Church settled there, the Orthodox residents turned to him with a request to hold a prayer service for them. The priest held a prayer service with a liturgy once, in a construction trailer on a private home territory.