Volodin questioned the legitimacy of the “unifying Council” in Ukraine

Volodin questioned the legitimacy of the “unifying Council” in Ukraine

Moscow. 16 Dec. INTERFAX.RU — speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin considers the questionable legitimacy of the so-called unification of the Cathedral in Ukraine, because it gathered representatives of all the Orthodox of this country.


“The legitimacy of the decision on autocephaly, taken in Kiev, is questionable. It is obvious that the unification Council did not take place, simply due to the lack of it on all sides, which had to come to an agreement”, — said Volodin told reporters.

“That’s why making statements personally Petro Poroshenko, not the hierarchs of the Church,” he added.

According to him, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, announcing the so-called autocephaly, “destroys the already standing on the brink of contention in the Ukrainian society”.

The speaker noted that Poroshenko indifferent to the future of congregations and millions of believers of Ukraine. “He only wants personal power, he wants to keep it by any means, without thinking about the fate of people and their faith,” said Volodin.

15 Dec at the end of the unification Cathedral in Kiev, Poroshenko announced the establishment of a local Ukrainian Orthodox Autocephalous Church. Its Primate, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine elected Epiphany Dumenko.

He 6 January 2019 at the Phanar after the concelebration of the divine Liturgy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will give the Tomos of autocephaly.

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