Representatives of UOC-MP seize a church after reconciling with the OCU community
On January 12, five men who called themselves monks of the UOC-MP blocked the entrance to the local church in the village of Velyka Kisnytsia, Yampolsky district, Vinnytsia region. This led to a conflict with the faithful and the priest of the OCU because it is their community that owns the premises.
The police were called to the scene to ensure that the parties did not violate public order.
As the head of the Department of religions and nationalities of Vinnytsia regional state administration Igor Saletsky explained to the media outlet NaПарижі, according to the decision of the Vinnytsia City Court, the village church belongs to the community of the OCU. But since there is a small community of the UOC-MP in Velyka Kisnytsia, the two priests decided to rule the services together.
Once it was the case... Allegedly, the Orthodox were reconciled. But the understanding did not last long. From the Diicese of Mohyliov-Podisky of the UOC-MP, some men who presented themselves as monks were dispatched to the village. On Sunday, they blocked the entrance to the church when the faithful of the OCU came to attend the service.
This led to a conflict with the villagers. People were outraged by the treachery of representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate. They called the police and provided law enforcement with supporting documents for the temple. In turn, the police only watched what was happening, without interfering.