“Do not violate the legislation and the Constitution of Ukraine for the sake of the outgoing president, otherwise you will be brought to justice for raider seizures of temples in strict accordance with Ukrainian legislation,” Vadym Novynskyi, head of the OPPOSITION BLOC faction, addressed the central and local authorities.
As the oppositionist reported to the media on April 17, the outgoing authorities continue to persecute the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the raider seizure of its temples, especially in the dioceses located in western Ukraine. The OPPOSITION BLOC has the facts of the mass re-registration of church charters that are now taking place in Ukraine, using fake documents. These offenses are carried out with the assistance of local authorities in order to reassign parishes in favor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church created by Petro Poroshenko.
According to Vadym Novynskyi, after illegal re-registration with the help of right-wing radicals and criminal organizations, the seizures of churches are taking place. Priests who resist this lawlessness are beaten up; their families and parishioners are intimidated.“This arbitrariness happens with the full assistance of the governors of Rivne and Volyn Oblasts. And also it is promoted by the heads of district administrations and village councils, as well as with the full connivance of the security forces of Western Ukraine, since all the appeals of believers to law enforcement agencies are ignored,” Vadym Novynskyi stressed and urged everyone to act in accordance with the law, trying to preserve interfaith peace.