According to a letter from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and the Kiev Caves Lavra National Reserve, the UOC has until March 29 to entirely leave the premises of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra—the holiest site in all of Ukraine, where the UOC has prayed and ascetically struggled for 1,000 years.

The Ukrainian government inherited ownership of the Kiev Caves Lavra from the Soviet Union, and the “National Reserve,” as the state calls is, is divided into the Upper and Lower Lavra. The Church was already kicked out of the Upper Lavra, which includes the Holy Dormition Cathedral and the Sts. Anthony and Theodosius Trapeza Church, at the end of last year.

The Orthodox Church held its last service in the Upper Lavra on New Year’s Eve. Despite the persecution, the faithful people of Kiev maintained their faith, joyfully singing “Christ is Risen!” the last service.

The brotherhood has pled with the state to stop the persecution of the monastery and the UOC, but to no avail.


Many signs point to Zelensky’s policies as being acts of de-Ukrainianization of Ukraine, including massacring Ukrainian men by sending them into hopeless battles while also causing much of the rest of the country to flee. Zelensky, who is not a Ukrainian, does not act like a Ukrainian but rather as a puppet of NATO/neocons who seem to be bent on seizing depopulated Ukrainian territory for reasons not yet fully known. ABN

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