"His Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate must finally take a decision to grant the Tomos to the local church of the great European 45-million nation, the nation of Ukrainians," Poroshenko said.
According to the president, when the local Orthodox Church is established in Ukraine, "we will have no state’s favorite church, we will have all churches equal before the law, and the church shall be separated from the state."
He noted that the constitutional rights of every citizen - "to choose their way to God" - will be preserved.
"The church must be separated from the state, and, above all, from the neighboring country - the aggressor state," the president said.
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.
The 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus-Ukraine will be marked on July 28, 2018.