Rivne court again seized the building of the Dormition Church in the village of Bird, cancelled the earlier decision of the Supreme economic court of Ukraine, who left the temple in the ownership of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), has informed on Saturday of RIA “news” the rector of the Church Archpriest Victor Earth.
The temple officially belongs to the community of the UOC-MP. In mid-December 2015 of the Synodal information Department of the Church reported with reference to eyewitnesses that the representatives of the unrecognized by the world Orthodox of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP), with the support of the banned in Russia as extremist organization “Right sector” demanded that the parishioners of the Dormition Church to transfer him to the jurisdiction of the UOC-KP.
Eyewitnesses claimed that believers were not allowed to the temple, beaten with sticks, iron rods, throwing “Molotov cocktails”, were sprayed with pepper gas. In turn, the police reported that no appeal from the victims were recorded. Just the confrontation was attended by about 400 people. Some of the parishioners who were in the Church, decided not to leave, fearing reprisals, and that the Church building will be captured. More than a month the parishioners of the Church are “under siege”.
“The court again seized the temple. We filed an appeal to a higher court, but it will be considered only next week. The situation remained the same. While we are on duty in the temple. On us pressure, but we’re not leaving,” said Earth.
He is convinced that all the arguments brought forth by the police and CP, illegal. Opponents of the UOC-MP stated that there is a threat of an arson of the temple. “We are such a threat does not see. On the temple grounds is another house, also owned by us, but it was captured by the representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate. For some reason there is a threat of an arson of a temple, but not at home”, – said the Agency interlocutor.
According to him, the seizure of stakeholders trying to evict believers of the UOC-MP from their own Church. Earth added that the authorities interfere in the OSCE round table on the situation around the temple.
Ukraine currently operates the canonical UOC-MP, which is a self-governing Church within the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures of the UOC – KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). In the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate.