“The Synod (...) was aimed at the destruction of the Kyiv Patriarchate,” said Filaret. “Now there is an influence on our primate of these pro-Moscow forces that have entered. And their task is to destroy the Kyiv Patriarchate.”
He also added that in his struggle for the Patriarchate, he did not intend to surrender. "You'll see! You'll see what do! But I will defend the Kyiv Patriarchate until the end!", he stressed.
Later on the Facebook page of the Honorary patriarch a message appeared that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church maintains internal unity. "The local Ukrainian Orthodox Church maintains internal unity and calls upon the episcopate, clergy and believers to discuss and resolve all issues in the spirit of brotherly love, bequeathed by our Lord Jesus Christ, avoiding incitement of hostility, opposition and separation," the synod says.
Earlier Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine confirmed its intentions to use the status, which was adopted at the Unification council of the Orthodox churches of Ukraine on December 15, 2018. The only person who did not sign this decision is the Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret. Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy (Dumenko) said to the journalists, as #Bykvu reported.
“The Synod confirmed that in its further activity and existence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church, it will be regulated by the Holy Transmission, the Holy Scriptures, and the status, which was adopted in the St Sophia's Cathedral in Kyiv on December 15. We all agreed to the decision, but the last one (concerning the status and the support of Epiphaniy - red.) has not been signed by the only member of the Synod - patriarch Filaret,” Epiphaniy said.
According to Epiphaniy, the members of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine discussed the claims of Filaret that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate still exists. At the same time, they failed to persuade him.
“What the Honorary Patriarch made public, he also said at the session of the holy Synod: that Kyiv Patriarchate still exists, and that it was not withdrawn from the registration, although we tried to convince him that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate legally and de facto doesn’t exist, and that Kyiv Patriarchate is the basis of the only autocephalous church. We debated, talked and tried to convince him, but we all understood that unfortunately, the Honorary Patriarch Filaret has not changed his mind,” the Head of Orthodox Church of Ukraine said.