The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, commented on the decision to terminate the contract with

the UOC

of the Moscow Patriarchate regarding the lease of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra National Reserve.

He told about this in his video message.

The head of state emphasized that Ukraine is taking another step to strengthen its spiritual independence.

He stated that Ukrainians will no longer be under the influence of Moscow's old and cynical manipulations in the field of religion.

"A step has been taken to strengthen the spiritual independence of our state, to protect our society from the old and cynical Moscow manipulation of religion. Ukraine is the territory of the greatest religious freedom in our part of Europe. It has been so since 1991. It will always be so," he said. he.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that the first of

the monks of the UOC MP in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, Archimandrite Avraamiy (Latish), transferred to the OCU


Later, the head of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Onufriy,

decided to punish the archimandrite

for switching to the OCU.

In addition, we previously reported that 

border guards stopped a priest of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate in a state of alcohol intoxication and without a driver's license

near Kyiv .

Read also:

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  • Eviction of the UOC-MP from the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra: the OCU named two ways

  • The OCU creates its monastery in the Pochaiv Lavra, which is currently leased by the UOC MP

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