In the Gorodenka district of the Ivano-Frankivsk region, there remained the only temple of the UOC not seized by schismatics – St. George’s Church in the village of Ostrovets.
Local authorities decided that there should not be a canonical church in the village. On October 14, a community meeting was held, and, allegedly, the majority demanded a transfer to the Kyiv Patriarchate.
According to the UOJ source, representatives of the Kyiv Patriarchate took their people to the polls by buses. Such a “meeting” took into account even the voices of minors.
Rector of the church Fr. Nikolai Bogachenko said that he did not recognize the legality of such a meeting. Only the church community has the right to decide the fate of the church.
The priest refused to give the keys to the church. He was threatened that on Sunday, October 22, the temple would be taken by force.