Kiev, January 26, 2023
Just weeks after the state of Ukraine expelled the Orthodox Church from the Upper Lavra in Kiev and invited the unordained schismatics to serve in the Holy Dormition Cathedral, a concert was held in the sacred monastery that featured a song about murdering Russians.
Ironically, the increased persecution of the Church that led to the eviction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, sanctions against hierarchs and clergy, and the cancelation of several hierarchs’ citizenship, began with manufactured outrage over a group of women singing about the spiritual rebirth of Holy Rus’ in one of the Lavra churches.
And on Monday, January 23, the state, which continues to own and operate the Lavra as a museum in continuation of Soviet practice, hosted a concert by the group Chorea Kozatska, during which they sang about murdering a “Moskal”—a derogatory term for Muscovites that is typically used for all Russians.
The group also sang about the destruction of Moscow, which “Jesus blesses.”
A video of the song was posted online by the lawyer Victoria Kohanovskaya, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.
Facebook deleted the video after it already had about 58,000 views, but Kohanovskaya posted it again.
“Facebook... massively blocks the video of blasphemy in the Kiev Caves Lavra, which took place on 01/22/2023. Pseudo-patriots received permits from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture,” the lawyer writes.
The press service of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church earlier called the presence of the schismatics in the Lavra a “major disgrace for Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, the Uniate church of the Holy Protection in Truskavets, Lviv Province, hosted a laser show with people dressed as demons, death, and President Putin in the church. In the show, Putin tries to plant the “Russian world” in Ukraine, but Death drives him out, thus prophesying victory for Ukraine.