Reaction of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on false statement of the president of Ukraine that the Church’s service has prayers for president V. Putin and for the Russian army.
November 29, 2018. Metropolitan Jonathan (Yeletskikh) of Tulchin and Bratslav and priests of the Tulchin eparchy of the UOC are going to give advisors to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko Service books to assure them: at Divine services in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) , they do not pray either for president V.Putin nor the Russian Federation’s army, reports Metropolitan Jonathan’s official website.
Clerics of the Tulchin eparchy of the UOC (Moscow Patriarchate) are planning to attach a “respectful request” to their gift to find in the liturgical books “non-existent fake prayers for the Russian army and for the Russian Federation President V. Putin”.
According to the president of Ukraine’s official website, on November 28, during a visit to the Ascension Church of the “Kiev Patriarchate” and communication with residents of the Kozelets village in the Chernigov region, Petro Poroshenko said that in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), services begin with a prayer for patriarch Kirill, the president of the Russian Federation V. Putin, and for the Russian army.