Metropolitan Onufry, head of the UOC, announced earlier his renunciation of Russian citizenship
Primate of the Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriy said that he currently only has Ukrainian citizenship and that he had previously refused Russian citizenship. This is reported on website churches.
“I would like to declare immediately that I do not consider myself a citizen Russia… I don’t have a Russian passport. I consider myself a Ukrainian citizen only,” Onufriy said in a statement.
As the metropolitan, born in the Chernivtsi region, said in his youth he could not enter the theological seminary in Odessa, so he went to city of Sergiev Posad, where he graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary, then from the Theological Academy. He spent 19 years in Trinidad-Sergius Lavra.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Onufry took a Ukrainian passport. At the same time, according to him, Russian citizenship was automatically maintained, but he did not use it, then it “didn’t matter”, because there were good relations between Ukraine and Russia. Russia. However, he argues, after the start of the deterioration of relations between Moscow And Kyiv he renounced Russian citizenship.
Earlier in the UOC refuted Metropolitan Onufry of kyiv and other bishops have Russian citizenship. They noted that Onufry has been a citizen of Ukraine since birth and has no other nationality.
Ukrainian national reserve “Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” obligatory representatives of the UOC to leave the territory of the monastery until March 29. The administration of the reserve announced the termination of the contract – the monks were forced to leave the state-owned buildings. To this, the UOC replied that they were not going to fulfill the conditions and leave the Lavra, as well as a compromise with the authorities.