"We are not going to leave our sanctuary, neither for Russia nor for any other place. We are Ukrainians, we live on our land, pray for our people and our country for the Lord to bless it," he said.
The archimandrite stressed they will not take lavra treasures anywhere. "We are not going to steal the relics and carry Lavra’s large bell tower across the Dnipro river," said Polikarp ironically.
January 14, one of the buildings in the territory of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra caught fire.
As reported earlier, Ukraine's Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyshchuk said several valuable icons had disappeared from Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.