The supporters of the OCU did not permit the clergy of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church to celebrate the All-Night Vigil in the village of Bohoniki.
March 9, 2019 – According to the official website of the Vinnitsa Diocese of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the group of supporters of the OCU[note]Orthodox Church of Ukraine is a religious organization that was formed with an aid of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine and with non-canonical actions of the Constantinople Patriarchate at the end of 2018. So far, none of the canonical Orthodox Churches has recognised this organization as an Orthodox Church.[/note] have blocked the passage to the St John the Theologian’s Church in the village of Bohoniki, Vinnitsa district, and did not allow the canonical Ukranian Orthodox Church[note]The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is an autonomous Orthodox Church with the headquarter in Kiev, Ukraine. It is spiritually and canonically linked with the Russian Orthodox Church.[/note]’s clergy led by Archbishop Varsonophiy to enter even the village territory. That evening Archbishop Varsonophy headed to the church to serve the All-Night Vigil in the church.
Archbishop Varsonofy published on his Facebook page a video capturing a dispute between the clergy and the OCU’s supporters during the incident. The incident has been reported to the police. It has promised to give a proper assessment of the unlawful actions of the supporters.
- Vinnitsa Diocese of the Ukranian Orthodox Church – “Supporters of the OCU did not allow the bishop with the clergy and believers to enter the territory of the village Bohoniky”. (“Прихильники ПЦУ не пустили архієрея з духовенством і віруючими на територію села Бохоники.”)
- Facebook page of the bishop of Vinnitsa Diocese, archbishop Varsonophiy – video publication “the conversation with the radicals, who did not let the Orthodox not only to reach the church but also to enter the village of Bohoniki, Vinnitsa district.” (“Розмова з радикалами, котрі не пустили православних не тільки до храму, але й до с. Бохоники, Вінницького р-ну.”)
- March 3, 2019 – The believers were beaten, insulted and thrown out from their church into the street by the supporters of the OCU.
- Feb. 3, 2019 – The Police applied physical force against believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) siding the provocateurs from the OCU.
- Jan. 19, 2019 – The head of local authorities disrupted two festive Orthodox religious rites in a defiant and insulting manner.