The Ecumenical Patriarchate made a decision on provision of the autocephaly in April, 2018, as Job of Telmessos, an Eastern Orthodox Archbishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, said, BBC Ukraine reported.
According to him, at a certain moment, it became clear that this format – Russia’s church administrating of the Ukrainian Orthodoxy – does not work, and another format should be developed, which could not only save the people, but also unite them.
He added that the only format which exists in the Orthodox Church for a long time and which could help the Ukrainian situation is the model of the autocephaly.
After the meeting of Poroshenko and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in April, Kyiv requested Constantinople for the provision of the autocephaly from the bishops of unrecognized Ukrainian churches and several bishops of Moscow Patriarchate churches; this was supported by the similar statements of the President and the Verkhovna Rada.
On October 11, the Synod lifted the anathema from Filaret, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, the Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that a united Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create a unified Ukrainian local church.
In addition, the Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv Metropoly in 1686.