“Metropolitan” of Belgorod and Oboyan (the UOC-KP) Ioasaf Shibaev withdrew his signature under the decisions of the “Council”, which launched a new organization – the OCU. He stated that his signature was affixed because he was deceived. Shibaev announced this on Facebook.
As a permanent member of the “Synod” of the UOC-KP, he was forced to sign “a paper on the liquidation of the Kyiv Patriarchate at the so-called Local Council in Warm Sofia, December 15, 2018”. Because of this, Shibaev withdraws his signature, for “this assembly cannot be considered the Local Council of the Kyivan Patriarchate. It cannot because it was carried out, ignoring all the procedures prescribed by the Charter”.
He says, “the collecting of signatures was carried out specially with extreme haste among the assembly of clergy and laity who gathered in Warm Sofia, with a completely different purpose”. The “collectors of these signatures” explained such haste by the fact that “they did it in response to the ultimatum demand from the “Greeks” – the Greek bishops who were in the next building, to hold a “unification council” and establish a new jurisdiction – the so-called OCU”.
Ioasaf Shibaev believes that his signature was put as a result of deception “and therefore cannot have legal force”.
Earlier, the “honorary patriarch” of the OCU Filaret announced the withdrawal of his signature under those decisions.