The Church of Ukraine declares independence from Russia

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has declared "full autonomy and independence" from the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), condemning the attitude of Russian religious leaders toward the war in Ukraine.

"We do not agree with the position of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow." said the UOC-MP in a statement after a council meeting in Kiev, referring to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC).

Kirill has openly expressed support for the invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin, launched on February 24.

It is the second split in Ukraine in recent years, with part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church seceding from Moscow in 2019.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU) was subsequently granted a degree of independence, or tomos, by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Talks on the unification of Ukrainian Orthodoxy between the UOC-MP and the OCU have so far brought no progress.

Ukraine is extremely significant for the ROC, with many parishes and some of its most important monasteries located there.21Media