Tymoshenko has supported the idea of autocephaly for Ukraine

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The former Prime Minister of Ukraine, leader of the party «Fatherland» Yulia Tymoshenko, who announced his intention to run for President, spoke in support of the granting of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church.

Presidential elections will be held in Ukraine in the spring of 2019. Tymoshenko for several months remains the leader of presidential rating.

«Our team and I personally with all my heart and all the features supported by the provision of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Tomos (decree of autocephaly. — Approx. ed.) to our Church became independent from the Russian Church, and that we had the opportunity to strengthen its sovereignty, » said Tymoshenko on Friday at a briefing which broadcast TV channel Newsone.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.