Epifaniy, the Metropolite of Kyiv and All Ukraine, the primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, said that Onufriy, the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, was deprived of the status of Metropolitan of Kyiv.
Epifaniy said this in an interview with 1+1 TV channel.
"The Ecumenical Patriarch addressed the letter personally to Metropolitan Onufriy and clearly stated that after the Unification Assembly and election of the primate of this united church, he automatically becomes the canonical Metropolite of Kyiv. From this point on, respectively, there cannot be two Metropolites of Kyiv. Accordingly, Metropolite Onufriy will be only the Metropolite of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, "he said.
Epifaniy also called on all priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to join the new Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier, Ecumenical Patriarch and Synod confirmed illegality of annexation of Kyiv Metropolis by Moscow in 1686. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew confirmed that Tomos about autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church will be solemnly presented on Christmas Eve, January 6.