On April 18, 2021, a civil servant of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration Nikolay Gergelyuk and the head of the OCU supporters Maskal Vasily, put forward an ultimatum to the priest of the Holy Dormition Church of the UOC village. Mikhalcha to hand over the keys to the Orthodox church to the OCU within 6 days, writes Chernovitska eparchy of the UOC.
Currently, the Economic Court of Kiev is considering the case of illegal re-registration of the Orthodox Holy Dormition Church with. Mikhalch to the religious organization of the OCU. The illegal re-registration in 2019 was carried out by Nikolai Gergelyuk himself.
Gergelyuk Mykola, as a state registrar and an employee of a government body, works in the culture department of the Chernivtsi Regional State Administration, whose powers are aimed at preventing any inter-religious conflicts.
Once again, the times of Petro Poroshenko are returning, when officials interfere in the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The believers of the temple, who have been guarding the village’s shrine from seizure for more than 700 days around the clock, have already increased their watch and are expecting another forceful assault.