Tymoshenko has promised to introduce punishment for denial of «one Church» in Ukraine

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The leader of the party «Rodina», former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko promised on Friday, in case of victory in the presidential elections, to establish responsibility for the denial of a creating in Ukraine of a single Autocephalous Orthodox Church and to do everything for her approval.

The presidential elections in Ukraine on 31 March 2019. The presidential race officially kicks off at the end of December 2018. Tymoshenko has been actively campaigning and, according to opinion polls, is the leader of the ratings.

«We will provide severe penalties for any vandalism, incitement to violence, we introduce the denial of our Church. We will give full support and protection our Ukrainian bishops who protect churches, we nurture understanding and tolerance between representatives of different religious confessions», — said Tymoshenko during the presentation of the «New social doctrine, new opportunities for everyone.» Stream is on its page in Facebook.

According to her, after her election victory, everything will be done to the approval of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, which «we not only create, but also protect by all available legal means».

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, the date of which has yet to be announced. 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 Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical territory of the ROC. The Synod 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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