On July 18, 2021, in the village of Verbovets, Murovanokurilovetsky district, Vinnytsia region, aggressive representatives of the OCU tried to forcibly seize the church in honor of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. The attack was preceded by the illegal actions of the head of the Department of Nationalities and Religions of the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, Saletskiy I.A., who, contrary to the decision of the religious community of the UOC, re-registered the parish in the “OCU” on July 12. This was reported by the Information and Education Department of the UOC.
As noted in the message, the attempted seizure was made by local supporters of the “OCU” and people who had never had anything to do with the local UOC community and had never visited the church before.
“The priest and the believers of the canonical Church were beaten and pushed out of their own church, where they served the Lord for years. The cross was torn from the priest. Aggressive representatives of the OCU had sharpened fittings with them and threatened that they would “slaughter like pigs” of the parishioners of the church, ”retold the events on the parish’s Facebook page.
The rector of the church, Archpriest Alexander Luchin, has been serving at the parish of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos for more than 20 years, and it was through his efforts and the efforts of local believers of the UOC that the church was restored and a refectory was built.
“Through a fraudulent way, through a meeting of village citizens, and not through a meeting of a religious community, documents were submitted for re-registration of the UOC community in the OCU, which did not ask for this,” the commentary goes on to say. – Believers of the canonical Church did not want and do not want to change their jurisdiction, but the odious civil servant Saletsky I.A. took into account the protocol of the meeting of village citizens for the meeting of the religious community and, instead of registering a new OCU community, on July 12, 2021, committed illegal actions – re-registration of the UOC community, which provoked a new wave of aggression from the OCU representatives ”.
As a result of the attempted raider seizure of the temple by supporters of the “OCU”, the church was sealed until the court ruling.