Dumenko awards reserve’s leadership as "benefactors of the monastery"
The head of the OCU awarded the people who are responsible for the illegal seizure of the Lower Lavra buildings.
In particular, the head of the OCU honored the reserve’s acting director Maksym Ostapenko and his deputy Oleksandr Ovchar with an award. It is these people who are responsible for the illegal seizure and sealing of the buildings of the UOC monastery in the Lower Lavra. Additionally, the reserve's leadership allowed access to the "OCU abbot of the Lavra," Abraham Lotysh, to Metropolitan Onuphry's residence in the Lavra.
In a publication on the OCU website, these people are called “benefactors of the monastery.”
Recall that from August 11, 2023, the leadership of the reserve forbade believers from accessing the caves and temples of the Lower Lavra.