Kiev, April 21, 2023
The standoff between the Orthodox faithful of Ukraine and the authorities continued at the Kiev Caves Lavra throughout Bright Week.
The police sealed up certain buildings of the Lavra, detained and charged people for defending the monastery and filming the illegal seizure of its buildings. Yesterday, someone even called in a fake bomb threat at the Lavra.
And today, police closed the entrance to the Lavra’s Church of the Life-Giving Spring, preventing the faithful from fully participating in the Divine Liturgy for its patronal feast, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The faithful who arrived after the police closed the entrance were forced to pray behind the wall around the territory of the church. The priests had to come out into the courtyard to confess and commune the people through the bars of the church gate.