Kyiv, May 6, 2023, 17:55 — REGNUM Metropolitan Anthony was detained at one of the checkpoints in the Kyiv region. About this in a video message published on his Youtube channelsaid the manager of the affairs of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC).
He said that on the morning of May 6, he was traveling to the Kyiv region to conduct a service in one of the monasteries. However, at the first checkpoint, employees of the State Customs Service stopped him to check his documents.
Some time later, the police intervened. They searched the car, checked the contents of all containers, and, in particular, all the medicines of the priest.
“They told me: you have problems, you are in the base of the “Peacemaker‘ continued Anthony.
The priest explained that he was added to the site database about eight years ago when he opposed the creation of the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) and state interference in the affairs of the church.
The Metropolitan was kept at the checkpoint for some time, then he called another police squad, who accepted a statement from him about illegal detention, and then released him.
As reported IA REGNUMaccording to the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasily Malyukcriminal proceedings have been initiated against more than 60 clergymen of the UOC.
In May, the court extended for two months the restriction of movement of the rector of the Holy Cross Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Uzhhorod. Blame the archpriest Dimitry Sidor put his statements regarding the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU).
In late April, near the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a group of radical activists tried to attack the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The attack was prevented by the police.