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Ukraine imposes sanctions on 7 more representatives of Moscow-linked Ukrainian Church

Sunday, 11 December 2022, 20:41
Ukraine imposes sanctions on 7 more representatives of Moscow-linked Ukrainian Church

The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine imposed sanctions on seven more representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) on Sunday, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved them. 

Source: President’s website

Details: Zelenskyy has enacted with his decree the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine on imposing personal special economic and other restriction measures (sanctions) from 11 December. 

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New sanctions are applied to the following people: 

  • Andrii Kovalenko, Metropolitan of Zaporizhzhia and Melitopol of the UOC-MP; 
  • Vasyl Povorozniuk, Metropolitan of Luhansk and Alchevsk of the UOC-MP; 
  • Oleksandr Prokopenko, a superior of the Monastery of the Saint Sava of the UOC-MP in Melitopol; 
  • Oleksandr Fedorov, a superior of the Holy Dormition Cathedral of the UOC-MP in Kherson; 
  • Ivan Pakanych, Metropolitan Antonii of Boryspil and Brovary of the UOC-MP, the so-called administrator of the UOC-MP, a member of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church; 
  • Valentyn Yehorenko, Metropolitan Meletii of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna of the UOC-MP, the head of the UOC-MP external church relations department;
  • Viktor Shynkariov, Archbishop Paisius of Kostiantynivka, Vicar of Horlivka Diocese of the UOC-MP.

Background:

  • On 1 December, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported that Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to propose that the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) institute a ban on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), and also initiated a review of the legality of the UOC-MP’s presence at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves).
  • On the same day, Zelenskyy put into effect personal sanctions against representatives of religious organisations affiliated with centres of influence in the Russian Federation.
  • Later, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) published a full list of 10 individuals connected with the UOC-MP who have been sanctioned. 
  • Moreover, the SSU has conducted a number of searches on the premises of the UOC-MP. Searches were done in Zhytomyr, Rivne, Zakarpattia, Kyiv, Kherson, Kharkiv and other oblasts.

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