Thus, a video has been published on the UOC’s Telegram channel showing how supporters of the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) dance to loud music and sing in the street near the walls of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. In the video, one of the UOC parishioners kneels and tries to reason with the schismatics through her prayer, but they pick her up and take her aside.
“During the Sunday vigil in the open air at the entrance to the Lavra, a loud concert of the ‘liberators of the Lavra from Orthodox Christians’ takes place on the other side,” representatives of the canonical church wrote.
The situation around the monastery came to a head after the UOC monks refused to leave the monastery walls at the request of the leadership of the kyiv-Pechersk Lavra reserve. On March 30, a commission for the control of the security of cultural property arrived at the monastery to make an inventory of the property. The servants of the Lavra, headed by its vicar, Metropolitan Pavel, and the faithful did not let her into the monastery. The same thing happened the next day. On Friday, brawls broke out near the walls of the monastery and reports of a possible assault surfaced. Both parties went to court. However, the consideration of the case on the illegal termination of the indefinite lease of Lavra objects by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is scheduled only for April 26, while the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, in a lawsuit, requires the monks to immediately leave the place. walls of the monastery and not interfere with the work of the commission.