Kolosova village, the Ukraine’s Ternopil region, July 27, 2015
Residents of the Kolosova village of the Kremenets district in the Ukraine’s Ternopil region have decided to make a video appeal to representatives of the state authority. As their constitutional right to confess their faith and religious convictions is being flagrantly violated, they have called this video appeal “a cry of the soul”, reports the official website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (the Moscow Patriarchate).
Recently the “Right Sector” extremist group took over the canonical Church of the Holy Apostle John the Theologian in order to transfer it to the so-called “Kyiv Patriarchate.” Although the Orthodox community in Kolosova have absolutely all documents on their church building, the “Right Sector” militants do not allow them on the church doorstep and, besides, exert pressure on the village council leaders, forcing them to make unlawful decisions.
Kolosova inhabitants are addressing the state power with a question: “Is there really no way to restrain the “Right Sector” with its lawlessness? Does the Ukrainian legislation apply to this extremist organization?”
The believers from the Kolosova village say they no longer count on help from the authorities, but by their video appeal the faithful are showing everybody that they exist, that they belong to the canonical Church and will remain in it, and that they want only to attend their church and pray to God.