On November 7, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on transfer of St. Andrew’s Church to Ecumenical Patriarchate. This information was published on the website of Ukraine’s parliament.
On October 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted as a whole the presidential bill on a transfer of the St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for worshipping, religious ceremonies and processions. The building itself will remain a state property. For the second time, 237 people's deputies voted in favor of the decision. On the same day, the document was signed by Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy.
St. Andrew's Church will be given to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for permanent use for holding worships, religious ceremonies, and processions on condition that the Ecumenical Patriarchate observes the laws on protection of cultural heritage. At the same time, the transfer of the building entails its exclusion from the list of immovable objects of cultural heritage of the National Sanctuary "Sophia of Kyiv."
As it was reported earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarchate decided to grant the autocephaly for Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The respective document appeared on the official website of the Patriarchate. This outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate struggled for the autocephaly since the country gained independence in 1991. For his firm stance in this regard, Patriarch Filaret, the current leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate was stripped of his orders in 1992, as the Russian Orthodox Church imposed the anathema on him. Most recently, the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted it from him. This decision, and the subsequent decision to grant Ukraine Tomos outraged the Russian Orthodox Church, which already promised 'a tough and decisive response.'
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople can provide the Tomos on autocephaly to Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Synod that will take place in the second half of November 2018.