'Vladimir the Great made the fateful decision to baptize Rus-Ukraine 1029 years ago. He got Christian religion from the Constantinople Church that is still is the Churhc-Mother for us. Exactly from it we expect the recognition of the Ukrainian Ukrainian Autocephalous Church that is equal to other local orthodox churches. And of course it is spiritually and administratively independent from Moscow, from country-aggressor. The choice of grand prince Vladimir was the European choice', Poroshenko claimed.
The prayer service dedicated to the anniversary of the baptization of Rus took place in Kyiv. Some streets of the downtown were blocked due to the Cross Procession and the solemn events.