Ahead of Winter, Authorities Turn Off Electricity for 80 Nuns in Ukraine, at the Kremenets Monastery

Originally appeared at: Фома

On September 18, 2023, the electricity was cut off at the Epiphany Kremenets convent of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, located in the west of the country.

Thus, the authorities are forcing 80 nuns, many of whom have already reached old age, to evict from the monastery, the DECR website reports .

It is noted that the Kremenets Monastery was transferred to the monastic community 32 years ago, while the state retained ownership of the monastery buildings, confiscated from the Church back in Soviet times. The nuns were only allowed to use this property free of charge.

All subsequent time, the sisters of the monastery, at their own expense, repaired and maintained the monastery buildings in proper technical condition. However, in 2023, the authorities refused to renew the contract with the monastery community for the use of real estate.

On August 31, the Kremenets Distribution Zone of PJSC Ternopiloblenergo sent a warning to the monastery about turning off the power supply. In a response letter, Abbess Dimitria (Galyuk) recalled that such actions run counter to current legal acts.

“Disconnecting cells from the power supply in the autumn-winter period has all the signs of torture. I ask you to refrain from illegal actions to disconnect cells from the power supply,” Mother Dimitria also wrote.

However, on September 4, the territory of the monastery was cordoned off by the police, after which the monastery was visited by a commission from the Kremenets-Pochaev State Historical and Architectural Reserve. And already on September 18, Ternopiloblenergo cut off the power to the monastery - the power was turned off throughout the entire territory, incl. in new buildings belonging to the monastery.

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