Staunton, February 3 – On the day of the enthronement of the metropolitan of the Ukrainian Church of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said that in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine, the church is and will remain independent of the state (president.gov.ua/ru/news/nezalezhnist-i-vzayemna-povaga-vidkrivaye-shlyah-do-spravzhn-52902).
But the Ukrainian government has done everything it could to promote the achievement of autocephaly and believes that the church and the state will now be able to enter onto “a path toward genuine partnership of the church and state for joint work for the good of the country and the people.”
At the same time, Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsade, the deputy prime minister for issues of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, said that Ukraine is deeply offended by the presumptuousness of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has suggested that he will defend the rights of Orthodox believers in Ukraine (
“And therefore,” the Ukrainian church leader continued, “we will consistently maintain ourselves as a single church recognized and canonical in Ukraine. And gradually Russia will lose this influence through the souls of Orthodox Ukrainians here.”