Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called Russian Orthodox church a “dissident” because it ceased eucharistic relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate.
“Russian Orthodox church decided to terminate its eucharistic relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which, by authentic historical and canonical documents proved that Ukraine is its canonical territory. Anyone doubts who is a dissident in world Orthodoxy?” he wrote on Twitter.
Reportedly, the Russian Orthodox Church decided to completely cease the Eucharistic relations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
We reported that Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to grant Ukraine the autocephaly is definitely a setback for the Kremlin, and the historical win for Ukraine. Kurt Volker, the U.S. special envoy to Ukraine, said this in his interview with UNIAN news agency, as he shared his vision on granting Tomos for Ukraine's Orthodox Church.
'They (Russian leaders - Ed.) are driving the Ukrainian people away from their historic relationship with Russia. Ukraine today is more unified, more nationalist, more oriented toward Europe and NATO and the West than it has even been true before, and that's a direct result of Russia's intervention in Ukraine and killing of Ukrainians,' he said as quoted by EUObserver.
Reportedly, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'