The Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orothodox Church (UOC) of Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (Dumenko) became the head of the local Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The new head of the church was presented by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko after the Unification Assembly in Kyiv.
"Such a church has been created today (the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church, - 112 International). It needs some time for establishment, for peaceful expansion and strenghtening. Let me now introduce to you its newly elected Primate, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy. He will have an honorable mission with the Ukrainian president, to receive the long-awaited Tomos in Constantinople at the beginning of January. Epifaniy, a representative of the young generation of bishops, was nominated by the UOC-KP and was supported by representatives of other churches," said Poroshenko.
RBC-Ukraine reports that the majority of bishops who participated in the Unification Assembly voted for Epifaniy in the second round. There were also candidacies of Metropolitan of Vinnytsia Symeon (UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate) and Metropolitan of Volyn and Lutsk Mykhailo (UOC of the Kyiv Patriarchate).
The outlet, citing sources, reported that on December 13 the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate Council supported the candidature of Metropolitan Epifaniy for the post of the United Autocephalous Church Head.
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the creation of the Ukrainian local Autocephalous Orthodox church. He said this at Sofiyska Square in Kyiv, after the Unification Assembly, the 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
"The representatives of the UOC Kyiv Patriarchate, the UAOC and a group of bishops of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate have just established a united church. The miracle became possible thanks to the unshakable position of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and our Mother Church of Constantinople", he noted.
At the same time, the head of state stressed that this is a united and independent Ukrainian Orthodox church. "This is a church without Putin. This is a church without Kirill (Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, - 112 International). This is a church without a prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army that kill Ukrainians. But this is a church with God and Ukraine!" he said.