The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church determined earlier in the day that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will stop commemoration of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, however full communion between the church buildings won’t be suspended but.
The transfer is a response to the Constantinople Patriarchate appointing its exarchs to Ukraine as “part of preparation to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”
“The war of the Patriarchate of Constantinople against the Moscow one continues for almost a hundred years… Today history repeats itself. Again, as in the time of Patriarch Tikhon, they send their exarchs to us, supposedly to heal the split, but in fact to legitimize it, with a view for the subsequent split of the Ukrainian Church from the Moscow Patriarchate. The same logic is traced: the use of a difficult situation not for the brotherly support, but for weakening the Russian Church by detaching certain parts from it,” Metropolitan Hilarion wrote on Facebook.
Apart from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) acknowledged by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, there are additionally different orthodox church buildings working in the nation. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is attempting to obtain recognition of non-canonical establishments and to create a single native autocephalous church primarily based on them in Ukraine.
In April, Poroshenko mentioned that Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople was launching the procedures required to set up the Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the transfer, saying that the anti-canonical measures in Ukraine threatened to break up the Orthodoxy.