'For today Ukraine is close as never before to the emergence of its own autocephaly of the local churches', Poroshenko claimed.
'It will be confirmed not only by the position of Ecumenical Patriarch but also by the position of the Synod members. It is absolutely necessary key elements that should provide this process. The first is the appeal of the church hierarchies. I want to report that after my meeting with Patriarch Filaret, all bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate signed and testified their signs in the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the provision of the tome of the new Ukrainian Autocephaly Orthodox Church. Each of them', the president noted.
Also, Poroshenko noted that at the moment, all archbishops of the Ukrainian Autocephaly Orthodox Church signed the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the president.
'I met his Beatitude Metropolitan Macarius, the Head of the Ukrainian Autocephaly Orthodox Church. And in the morning I was informed on the results of the Jubilee Bishops' Council of the Ukrainian Autocephaly Orthodox Church: all archbishops signed the appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch and the president. It is the first document that unites all hierarchies of these churches in 26 years', the president added.
Earlier Petro Poroshenko wrote a letter to Ecumenical Patriarch with a request to provide autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Since 90-s there are a few jurisdictions in Ukraine that call themselves Orthodox local and autocephaly Churches.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate and Metropolis of Bessarabia of the Romanian Orthodox Church have the canonical status. Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate is canonically not recognized.
Also, there is unrecognized Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.