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Ukraine's Lviv symbolically votes to ban churches that once belonged to Moscow

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KYIV — Thursday In Lviv, the city of western Ukraine, the local council became the first to ban the Orthodox branch, which had been directly affiliated with Moscow until last month.

According to Lviv Mayor Andrie Sadvi, a unanimous council vote banning the activities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which has a long-standing relationship with Moscow, is a rule of religious groups "politics. It was "target" and had no legislative effect. Made at the national level.

"This is a position we have publicly expressed, and now state agencies need to work on it," Sadovyi was reportedly said by the city administration site.

The UOC was reported to Bishop Kirill of Moscow until May, but until 2019 when the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was officially approved by the church leaders. He was the official representative of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Istanbul.

Another Ukrainian church, considered an integral part of the newly independent Ukrainian state, first declared a few months after Ukraine secured independence from Soviet rule in 1991. it was done.

Most worshipers switched to the new church, but most parishes did not, so tensions increased and tensions increased after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. I did.

In late May, the Kremlin "special military surgery."

Most worshipers of the Riviu were in the western part of Ukraine. Like many, they are Eastern Rite Catholics. It has something to do with Rome, but participates in worship similar to the Orthodox Church.

According to the city council, only four churches in Lviv belong to the churches that previously belonged to Moscow.

An assistant in the Lviv metropolitan area of ​​the church told Reuters that he was no longer loyal to Moscow and did not believe the ban would apply.

However, councilor Yuri Romaha, who introduced the motion, said he regarded Moscow's public denial as a "fake."

"They are on this path not paying too much attention to them," Romaha told Reuters.

An April poll showed that 51% of Ukrainians surveyed wanted the government to ban UOCs with fairly high support in the western part of the country. (Report by Max Hunder, edited by Ron Popeski and Richard Chang)