President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine has finally severed the ties, which connected it with the Russian Federation as 112 Ukraine reported.
“The heart of Kyiv is Saint Sophia Cathedral. Its millennia-old walls waited until the event of which a lot of generations dreamed. Now, the first service, after the delivery of Tomos, takes place here, under the cover of Orante - Solid wall, which kept this cathedral, Kyiv and the whole country for centuries…The creation of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is a pledge of our independence. It is the foundation of our spiritual freedom. We have severed the last ties, which connected us with Moscow, its fantasies about Ukraine as canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church,” he noted.
The Ukrainian president expressed the hope that other dreams of the citizens of Ukraine will come true.
“The victory and peace will come. And Ukraine successful and wealthy will become the member of the EU and NATO,” he emphasized and congratulated the Ukrainian on Christmas.
“I congratulate you on the great Christmas holiday from the Heart. I congratulate on Tomos on autocephaly. I wish you joy, peace and belief to our big united family. Let’s our joint work and sincere prayers to confirm goodness and love on our land,” he concluded.
Earlier Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew passed the Tomos of autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy. The event happened during the festive service in St. George's Cathedral.
Besides, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko guarantees the state’s respect for the religious choice of every citizen of the country.