A UOC temple being seized in Luka-Meleshkovskaya

15 June 2019 16:12
Savior Transfiguration church, Luka-Meleshkovskaya. Photo: zruchno.travel Savior Transfiguration church, Luka-Meleshkovskaya. Photo: zruchno.travel

Contrary to the law, the OCU activists are trying to seize the temple from the canonical Church.

The OCU activists are trying to seize the Savior Transfiguration church in the village of Luka-Meleshkovskaya, Vinnitsa district. The press secretary of Vinnitsa Eparchy, Archpriest Vladimir Puchkov, announced this on his Facebook page.

The UOJ contacted representatives of Vinnitsa Eparchy, who said that today, at 10 am, a group of activists of the OCU in the amount of about 100 people attempted to illegally enter the temple, motivating their actions by the fact that the community had been re-registered in favor of the OCU.

However, the UOJ wrote that this re-registration was illegal and took place solely on the initiative of the new church structure, headed by local deputy V. Yurchenko, while the believers of the Transfiguration Church unanimously confirmed their loyalty to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

In a telephone conversation, an interlocutor told the UOJ that yesterday the main instigators of the illegal re-registration of the church had received subpoenas. However, despite this fact, they are trying to seize the temple, led by the OCU “priest” Viktor Chverkun.

At the moment, a group of believers affiliated to the canonical Church has locked inside the temple, while several more people are trying to prevent the schismatics from entering its territory.

Earlier the UOJ wrote that in Luka-Meleshkovskaya village, activists bar bishops and UOC believers from entering the temple.

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