Boryslav, Lvov Province, Ukraine, May 20, 2022
Officials in a Lvov Province city in western Ukraine have voted to ban the Ukrainian Orthodox Church beginning next month.
The decision from the Boryslav City Council is the latest in a series of similar decisions throughout Ukraine. The officials intend not only to close the church, but also to seize its property, starting June 1.
The Council reports on its “historic decision”:
Today, on May 19, after lengthy discussions at meetings of humanitarian commissions, having weighed all the negative and positive aspects, Deputies of the Boryslav City Council made a historic decision—they banned the activities of the religious community of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the parish of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, which is subordinate to the Moscow Patriarchate, on the territory of the Boryslav city territorial community.
The decision comes into force on June 1, 2022.
This decision also prohibits the use of church premises for meetings and services and the sale of products of the Orthodox Church. The Boryslav City Council will begin the procedure of compulsory seizure of a real estate object and transfer it to the communal ownership of the Boryslav territorial community.
Earlier this month, the mayor of Konotop in the eastern Sumy Province banned the Church in his city under the pretext of a threat to national security. The same also occurred in Kagarlyk and Brovary, both in the Kiev Province.
The Ukrainian Church’s Legal Department has protested such decisions, explaining that they have no legal force, and the Ukrainian Synod has called upon President Vladimir Zelensky to intervene and put an end to such divisive moves.