Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) will never agree to the independence of the Ukrainian Church from the Moscow Patriarchate. This was announced by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior at the ceremony on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, writes Russian BBC.
"Our church will never leave their brothers in Ukraine and will not abandon them. We will never agree to change the sacred canonical borders of our Church, because Kyiv - is the spiritual cradle of holy Rus, like Mtskhet for Georgia or Kosovo for Serbia," said the Patriarch.
“Ukrainian Church is trying to involve everyone in a deep conflict that divides society and make it hostage to the conflict," he added.
The representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate have repeatedly supported pro-Russian militants in the Donbas and illegal annexation of Crimea.
Earlier it was reported that Parubiyand Patriarch Bartholomew will discuss single Orthodox Church creation in Ukraine. The Speaker expects support and understanding of Ecumenical Patriarch on this issue.