Less than half of Ukrainians support the autocephaly, the survey showed

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Less than half of Ukrainians support the granting of autocephaly churches in Ukraine, told on Thursday on a press-conferences the Director of the center «Social monitoring» Dmitry Dmitruk, citing data from the survey.

According to him, respondents were asked: «do you Support granting Thomas on the establishment of Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church».

«We have 45% of the population who supports this idea, advocate the establishment of one national Orthodox Church,» Dzmitruk said at the conference broadcast which led the Agency «UKRINFORM».

Yesterday on a press-conferences to the data, 14.2 percent most do not support autocephaly, 16,3% do not support, 24,4% did not answer the question.

The survey was conducted by the center «Social monitoring» and the Ukrainian Institute of social studies named after A. Yaremenko together with the Institute of analysis and forecasting from 11 to 18 September 2018 in all regions of Ukraine except for uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass. To order any organization the survey was conducted, not specified. The survey polled more than 2 thousand respondents. The error does not exceed 2.2%.

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

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, despite his promises of non-interference by the state in Church Affairs, trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and creation on their basis one local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine, outside the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Patriarchate of Constantinople had previously reported that «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv, they were Pamphylian Archbishop Daniel and Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton Canada. This decision strongly condemned the Orthodox Church, calling it an intrusion on the canonical territory of other local churches.