Parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from all over the world came out in support of the monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop the persecution of the Church. The appeal of believers was published on the Mir YouTube channel.
In particular, students of the Orthodox Theological Academy in Warsaw stated that they did not support the lawless actions of the authorities directed against the UOC.
According to a parishioner from Germany, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra is the heart and soul of Orthodoxy, and the monks of the monastery are the prayer pillars of all Ukraine.
Another parishioner of the UOC, who spoke out in support of the Church, wished wisdom to the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities and advised them to learn the history of their country: “I am faithful to the UOC, the Church not of the Moscow Patriarchate, which the media and the Ministry of Culture frankly lie about. I express my support to the abbot of the Lavra, Metropolitan Pavel, and the brethren, whom they want to evict from the holy monastery. Although it was these people who, with their prayers, raised the Lavra from the ruins and are now at the forefront of the spiritual front.”