Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed that the believers will have freedom of belief and right to freely choose the temple and church jurisdiction after the creation of the Ukrainian united local church as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
'The United Orthodox local church will not become state and the separation of the church from the state will continue to exist. All believers will have freedom of belief and right to freely choose a particular temple and church jurisdiction', Poroshenko said.
At the same time, the president noted that all believers who keep the worship unity with Russian Orthodox Church preserve the guaranteed right of own choice.
'I want to emphasized that people who want to stay at the church that remains the worship unity with Russian Orthodox Church also preserve the guaranteed right of own choice'.
As we reported Petro Poroshenko claimed that Ukraine is close as never before to the creation of the autocephaly of the local churches.
Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolis of Bessarabia of the Romanian Orthodox Church have the canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically not recognized.
Also, there is unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.