Today, on November 13, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the episcopate of Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine will have a meeting, as Archbishop Eustratius, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate, wrote on Facebook.
“I wish Petro Olexiyovych wisdom and inspiration while negotiating. And those Moscow Patriarchate bishops, who actually support Ukraine and unity of the church, I wish them to be brave enough to say that at the meeting and show that Moscow is no longer in control of Kyiv,” he said.
He also noted that “through the guidance of the Metropolitan, Moscow is trying to do everything to show that it controls Ukraine inside and outside and keeps the Ukrainian episcopate in hand".
Earlier President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation between Ukraine and the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey.
"The agreement we signed today completes this process (creation of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church), creates all conditions, in order the process of granting, or rather preparing for the Cathedral, the process of providing Tomos, was carried out in absolutely strict accordance with the canons of the Orthodox Church," Poroshenko claimed.
Poroshenko added that the November 3 becomes a historic day.
"I am sure that the decision of the Autocephalous will lead to the unity and the union of all Orthodox in Ukraine," Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew claimed this after signing the agreement.
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.