A servant at the Spaso-Pokrovsky Convent of the Moscow Patriarchate was detained due to his support foe Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, Ukraine's SBU security service said on Jan. 11.
The suspect publicly supported Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and justified Russian-army war crimes, the security service said.
He called on the Russians "to eliminate Ukrainians and seize Kyiv" on a pro-Kremlin Telegram messenger channel.
He also published comments approving of the enemy's missile attacks on Ukrainian cities, and in particular supported strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure and social facilities such as schools and hospitals.
"This person was promoting Russian fascists in his posts, as well as discrediting the Ukrainian Forces. He also campaigned against people joining the ranks of Ukrainian defense forces," the SBU said.
If found guilty the detainee faces up to three years in prison for justification, denying the illegality, and denying the facts of the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, as well as the glorification of its participants.