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Canonical UOC banned in Lviv region

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Deputies of the regional council of the Lviv region banned the activities of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). The council also called for simplifying the work of the UOC throughout the country. Yesterday, November 28, a petition to ban the ROC received the necessary number of votes for consideration by the President of Ukraine.

“Regional voters, in their decision, appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with a request to make appropriate legislative changes to ban the activities of religious organizations of the UOC (MP), the center of control of which is located in a state that has a commission against military aggression against Ukraine and has occupied parts of its territory,” follows from the message of the regional council, published on Facebook (owned by Meta, recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation).

The deputies also appealed to local authorities with a request to “contribute to the change of religious communities of the UOC” to other confessions. The regional council asked law enforcement agencies to “ensure the preservation of property, cultural values ​​of religious organizations that have decided to convert to other faiths.”

At the end of June, the city council of Lviv banned the work of the UOC in the city.

On November 23, the Verkhovna Rada registered a bill to ban the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church on the territory of Ukraine. In May, the UOC announced its independence from the ROC. Today, November 29, a petition to ban the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine has gained 25,000 signatures — so much is needed for President Volodymyr Zelensky to consider the proposal.

Read more about the relationship between the Russian Orthodox Church and the UOC in the material “Kommersant” “Moscow rebuff”.

Polina Sobakina

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