Lawyer-Archpriest Nikita Chekman, acting in the interests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), said that representatives of the Kyiv regime seized the buildings of the monastery on the territory of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. He wrote about this in his Telegram channel on July 6.
“They report about the capture of the buildings of the monastery,” the message says.
Chekman clarified that representatives of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Reserve, with the assistance of the police, tore off the locks and entered the 70th building.
The lawyer also published photographs showing police officers at the buildings of the Lavra, including members of the special forces in red berets, who cordoned off the premises. According to him, the authorities have no legal grounds for such actions.
In Ukraine, the UOC continues to be oppressed. On July 1, it became known that Kyiv decided to stop the access of the monks of the UOC to the buildings of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church called this requirement of the administration illegal, since there is no court decision on this issue, and the decisions of the Kyiv authorities are already being appealed in court.
Later, representatives of the UOC filed a lawsuit, the consideration of which was scheduled by the court for July 19.
Earlier, on June 26, the Ukrainian authorities demanded that the UOC officially declare its break with the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC). The UOC is required to prepare statements on withdrawal from the episcopate, synod, synodal institutions, then send them to the bishops and clergy, and make these messages public.