The UOC is called to investigate the incident with the arson of St. Andrew’s Church

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The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church has nothing to do with the attempted arson of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, condemns this provocation and calls to investigate the incident, said RIA Novosti Deputy Chairman of the Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

Earlier, the press Secretary of the Ukrainian non-canonical Church structures Eustratius Zorya reported that on the morning of Thursday the unknown threw a Molotov cocktail at the door of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, no one was hurt. According to him, this allegedly involved «henchmen of Moscow». However, no evidence of this in Kiev is not provided. Police establish the identity of the attackers who carried out the inspection of the scene.

«This incident we condemn and declare that nothing to do with this idea and believe that it can be a provocation to those forces that oppose our Church in order to aggravate the situation and cause resentment against our Ukrainian Orthodox Church,» — said the Belarusian.

According to him, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church respects the temples of other faiths and the same respect is waiting for the others against their temples. «We urge you not to politicize this situation. We believe that this incident should be investigated and the sooner the better. In fact, it could be indicative action or a deliberate provocation in order to then make a fuss in the media,» — said Archpriest.

Danilevich also said that now blame Moscow in all that is happening in Ukraine «is not serious».

«To accuse Moscow of all troubles and problems, even very minor ones that occur in our country, seriously. Maybe it is time to recognize that the cause of at least some of our problems may be we do?» he said.

Earlier, after the decision of Constantinople to start granting of the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, the permanent use of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev — the Orthodox Church in honour of St. Andrew, built in the Baroque style by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754, on St. Andrew’s hill. It is located on the right Bank of the Dnieper, above the historical part of Ukrainian capital — Hem. Until 2015 St. Andrew’s Church was subordinated to the Ukrainian non-canonical structure. Then the lease ended and the building started to reconstruct. Now the Church finds in the state.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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