On February 7, 2022, the Ivano-Frankivsk city department of the State Executive Service began the eviction of the community of the UOC Church in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord from the premises where believers have been praying for the past 30 years. This was reported by the Information and Educational Department of the UOC.
The city authorities of Ivano-Frankivsk have been trying to take away the buildings on Chornovola Street since 2016. In 2019, the UN Human Rights Committee ordered the state of Ukraine not to evict UOC believers from the premises at 6 Chernovola Street in Ivano-Frankivsk, where the Transfiguration Church operated.
Despite the direct ban of the international human rights institution, the mayor’s office continued to sue the UOC community and has now handed over the building to the city department of education.
On February 4, in the afternoon, the Ivano-Frankivsk diocese received a notice of forced eviction, which was scheduled for the morning of February 7. The civil service did not take into account the application to postpone the eviction due to excessively short deadlines, although the law provides for the possibility of such a postponement of up to 10 days.
Believers of the UOC are forced to take away everything from the temple where they have been praying for 30 years, and the community has no premises for worship.
Now the parishioners of the temple will not have a place to perform social service. At the temple, they fed the needy, distributed clothes and medicines. Obviously, the homeless will have to continue to be fed under the city council, they say in the press service of the diocese.
Earlier, the Ivano-Frankivsk mayor said that “we have won all the court cases.”