Svyatoslav Tsegolko, the spokesman for the president of Ukraine published a photo of Unification Assembly of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, which is being held in Kyiv. Tsegolko posted the photo on his Facebook page.
"The Assembly, which is aiming to create a single local Ukrainian Orthodox Church continues at St. Sophia Cathedral," Tsogolko wrote under the photo.
The layman Yuri Doroshenko, who is present at the event, said that the delegates of the council carefully studied the statute regarding the creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox church.
“The most dramatic Assembly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church since the beginning of the 1930s kicks off. God's speed! The delegates of the cathedral are studying the statute. The situation is tense,” Doroshenko wrote on his Facebook page.
Earlier, we specified that the participants of the Assembly represent three Orthodox churches, which now exist in Ukraine: Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is in unity with the Moscow Patriarchate.
‘The first two churches took part in the council at the level of their bishops' councils, the last one (UOC MP) is represented by individual representatives of the episcopate, clergy and laity,’ stated in the message.
It is also noted that before the beginning of the cathedral, the Divine Liturgy was served in the church of Little Sofia, after which the participants of the Unification Assembly were registered.
‘The Cathedral in Kyiv can be a decisive step, which summarizes the years of efforts aimed at creating a local autocephalous Orthodox church in Ukraine,’ reads the message.
It should be noted that the Unification Assembly should have started yet at 10 a.m., but the registration of participants took longer.