Ukraine expels the Church with Russian ties from a world-famous monastery: “the height of lawlessness” | outside

The Ukrainian government wants the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to leave the world-famous Kiev Cave Monastery before March 29. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church says it has received an official letter on the matter, which it wrote on the website of the monastery complex on Friday.

The Kiev Monastery was founded in 1051 and today is considered a leading center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Eastern Europe. The complex is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Until the end of last year, the monastery was run by the state and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which has links to the Russian Orthodox Church.

At the end of last year, the Ukrainian government decided to terminate the agreement with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church regarding the use of the buildings in the complex. The evacuation relates to the part of the Cave Monastery where the entrances to caves made by monks in the Middle Ages are located.

Before Russia began its all-out invasion of Ukraine in February last year, the church joined the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. It reacted horrified to the news of the eviction, calling it “the height of lawlessness”.

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