Serhat TUNAR –TDO- “The Constantinople Mother Church implements its mission according to the canons - introduces the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine as equal among equal to the family of Autocephalous Orthodox Churches. The Ecumenical Patriarch finally declared the Moscow annexation of the Kyivan Metropolitanate, committed in the late XVII century, illegal,” President Petro Poroshenko emphasized during the All-Ukrainian Unity Council.
“His All-Holiness declares that the Russian Orthodox Church has no canonical rights to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. And that our Orthodox Church is not subject to the authority of the Russian Orthodox Church. I emphasize that Ukraine was not, is not and will not be a canonical territory of the Russian Church,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
“In April, immediately after returning from Constantinople, after creating the roadmap agreed upon with His All-Holiness, I addressed the Ukrainian Parliament to support my appeal to His All-Holiness about giving us autocephaly,” the President said.
The Head of State thanked Andriy Parubiy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, who was also present at the Council, “for a more than convincing parliamentary support for the President's appeal”.
“This is extremely important on our way,” the President added.
“In November this year, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved the text of the Tomos granting independence to the Ukrainian church and made a decision to convene the Unity Orthodox Council,” the President noted.