The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv congratulated Ukraine on the creation of the United Local Autocephalous Church. This is stated in the message of the diplomatic department on Twitter.
"Congratulations to Ukraine on today's historic Assembly and the creation of a local independent Ukrainian Orthodox church; we also congratulate Metropolitan Epifaniy on his election as head of the new church," the message reads.
The diplomatic department supports "the opportunity for all Ukrainians to choose independently how to practice their religion."
"We support the opportunity for all Ukrainians to choose independently how to practice their religion. Tolerance and restraint are key things for a peaceful transitional period so that people of different religious affiliations can live together in prosperity," the report says.
As we reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the creation of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Autocephalous Church. It happened on the Sofiivska Square in Kyiv, after the Unification Assembly. Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Otrthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Epiphaniy (Dumenko) became the head of the newly created United Local Church. He was nominated by the Ukrainian Otrthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and was supported by representatives of other churches.