"Many still doubt whether the Tomos of Autocephaly will be granted to the Ukrainian church or not. I'm 100 percent certain that this will be the case. Ukraine’s divided church will unite and there will be one and only Ukrainian church. Those who have no desire to join the Ukrainian independent local church will stay in Ukraine being not a part of the Ukrainian church but an exarchate of the Russian one. Whoever wants to serve Russia should confess that one lives in Ukraine, eats Ukrainian bread, and serves Russian interests," Patriarch Filaret said.
He also noted that "from day one, in 1992, I was sure that there would be an independent united local church in Ukraine."
"It’s been 25 years, but today we have come to the point when there is no other option but to recognize the autocephaly of the United Ukrainian Orthodox Church," the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate stressed.
On April 17, Poroshenko said Ukraine was closer than ever before to creating an autocephalous united local church.
Pursuant to the instruction of President Petro Poroshenko, on April 20, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Rostyslav Pavlenko visited Istanbul and handed over to His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the Appeal of the President of Ukraine on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
He also handed over the Verkhovna Rada’s resolution on the support for the President’s Appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew also received the appeals of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches on granting the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.