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Ukraine has created an independent Orthodox church and appointed the head of a 39-year-old metropolitan. 

“This is a church without Putin. But this is a church with God, ”said Poroshenko.

Petro Poroshenko (left), Epiphanius (center). Photo of the press service of the President of Ukraine

A unifying council was held in Kiev, at the end of which an autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox church was founded. This was confirmed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, speaking to citizens on the Sofia Square.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This is a church without Putin. This is a church without Cyril. This is a church without a prayer for the Russian authorities and Russian troops who kill Ukrainians. But this is a church with God and Ukraine.[/perfectpullquote]
Petro Poroshenko
quote on TSN

In the second round, the 39-year-old Metropolitan of Pereyaslavsky and Belotserkovsky Epiphanius was elected head of the Ukrainian local church. He received the title of Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.

The ROC opposes the creation of a church independent of Moscow in Ukraine, which the Patriarchate of Constantinople intends to approve. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate stands with the Russian Orthodox Church.

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