The Ministry of Culture said that representatives of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate started leaving the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine, told about this on the air of an information telethon.

"Actually, the process of the UOC MP monks leaving the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is taking place, any passer-by can testify to this. They are taking away tables, chairs, boilers. However, an interdepartmental commission is currently working to record the preservation of movable and immovable property. They are leaving despite statements that the domes are blackened or the caves are closed forever," Tkachenko noted.

The minister added that loud statements of Metropolitan Pavel (Lebed) do not correspond to reality.

"That is, they are leaving little by little. There are representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Security Service of Ukraine, there are checks at the exit from the Lavra. The process is being controlled," he said.

According to Tkachenko, if the commission finds that there is something missing in the Lavra, the representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate will be held responsible according to the law.

Note that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate must leave the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra by March 29.

At the same time, despite the termination of the lease agreement, the monks refused to leave the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

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