Kirovograd, Ukraine, December 12, 2022
His Eminence Metropolitan Joasaph, vicar of the Kiev Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was placed under house arrest by a court in the city of Kropivnitsky last week.
The hierarch is accused of subversive activities, and the Ukrainian Security Service, which searched his home in October, claims it has irrefutable evidence that he coordinated “the spread of pro-Kremlin views in the region.”
Until recently, he headed the Kirovograd Diocese of the UOC. On November 23, the Holy Synod released him from this position and appointed him as a vicar of the Kiev Metropolis.
Prosecutor Sergei Ozhog sought round-the-clock house arrest for Met. Joasaph, but the court decided to restrict it to 10 PM-6AM every day, reports suspilne.media.
His Eminence is also obliged to appear before the prosecutor or judge whenever summoned, and he’s not permitted to leave the Kirovograd Province.
Asked if he considers himself guilty, the Metropolitan replied: “God’s will in all things! When I found out, I was excited, and people told me: ‘Vladyka, we must rejoice, because God hasn’t forgotten you. He sends you trials, which means He's taking care of you.’”
Ukraine has also placed sanctions on more than a dozen hierarchs of the Ukrainian and Russian Churches.