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Roman Catholics In Ukrainian City Get Their Church Back

DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Supreme Economics Court has ruled that a U.S. company has no right of ownership to a Roman Catholic church in Dnipropetrovsk.

Catholics in Dnipropetrovsk welcomed the decision, as a legal battle over ownership of the building has gone on for more than 10 years, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The U.S.-registered company Dugsbery bought the building in 1998.

Local Catholics have challenged the building's ownership since then, saying that the church belongs to the parish.

The church was built in 1890 with money donated by the Catholic community.