Two provocations of OCU “priest” disrupted at once in Luka-Meleshkovskaya

"Clergyman" of the new church structure Viktor Chverkun. Photo: orthodox.vinnica.ua

The police prevented another attempt to seize the temple in the village, so its initiator tried to put an elderly clergyman of the UOC under pressure.

Around 10 pm on October 27, 2019, 20-30 young people led by the cleric of the OCU Viktor Chverkun once again tried to seize the UOC church in the village of Luka-Meleshkovskaya, Vinnitsa Region. This was reported on the website of the Vinnitsa Eparchy of the canonical Church.

The OCU activists at first knocked on the temple door and later tried to break it open.

Law enforcement officers quickly arrived at the scene and recorded the offence.

The offenders could not explain to the police squad why they were in the churchyard at night time.

Then Chverkun said he had allegedly planned to hold “a meeting of the religious community of the OCU near the temple” at such a late hour.

After a while, he arrived at the village council to meet with the chairman of the United Territorial Community and the clergyman of the UOC. The cleric of the canonical Church arrived at the meeting alone, while his opponent brought along 15 followers of the OCU “to be able to convince” the clergyman of the UOC.

“However, even this apparently thought-out provocation was again unsuccessful,” the diocese’s website noted.

Earlier, the believers of Luka-Meleshkovskaya called on President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky to protect their temple from raiders.

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