2018-12-18 19:16:00

Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be declared branch of Russian Orthodox Church - ex-president Yushchenko

Kiev, December 18, Interfax - Ukraine's third president Viktor Yushchenko said Verkhovnaya Rada should give a clear legal definition to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and foreign church branches.

"We have a full autocephaly, all we need to do now is tidy up our spiritual home. I think that if we start by getting our parliament to formulate clear definitions of what the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is and what branches of foreign churches are," Yuschenko told reporters in Kiev on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate should be renamed as a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, he said.