Poroshenko saw the UOC-MP «infringement of territorial integrity»

© AFP 2018 / Alain JocardПрезидент of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. Archival photoPoroshenko saw the UOC-MP «infringement of territorial integrity»© 2018 AFP / Alain Jocard

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko saw the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) «encroachment on the territorial integrity» of the country.

On Tuesday, Poroshenko said that he intends to appeal to the Constantinople Patriarchate for Kyiv resolution on the creation of a single local Autocephalous Church. According to him, the Synod’s decision can be made until 28 July. The President asked the Parliament to support his appeal. MPs on Thursday supported the appeal.

Poroshenko after the vote in Parliament said that the government has no right to interfere in Church Affairs, including foreign state.

«If Russia declares Ukraine as its canonical territory, isn’t it a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine, and if we have the right to stand for this encroachment?» — the President said.

In Ukraine today there are canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP), which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox Church structures — the «Kiev Patriarchate» (UOC-KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). The UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of Orthodox churches.

In January 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a statement in which Russia is called «an aggressor», as Kiev believes that Russia intervenes in the Affairs of Ukraine is a party to the conflict in the Donbass. Evidence of this was provided. The Russian foreign Ministry called the allegations «unsubstantiated public insinuations».