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All nine parishes of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) in the Sokal district of Lviv region have joined the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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"If not the first, then at least we are one of the first districts of Ukraine. I have always argued that the Sokal district community is highly patriotic and conscious. Despite certain local politicians who tried to speculate on this topic and sow discord in church communities, the Ukrainian local church has won! All nine parishes of the so-called 'Moscow Church' have decided to switch to the management of the native canonical Ukrainian church. The Sokal district is fully cleared," Chairman of Sokal District Council Mykola Pasko wrote on Facebook.

In total, 13 out of 60 parishes of the former UOC-MP in Lviv region have already joined the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.