He notes that clergy and laity reluctant to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church should be referred to as the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine. According to Filaret, the Kyiv Patriarchate is going to request the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to pass a law on a United Orthodox Church in Ukraine as well as to change the name of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
"What are we going to seek? We will be striving to have a single Orthodox Church in Ukraine and to make sure that the Russian Orthodox Church is not hiding under the Ukrainian name while, in essence, it is Russian. And therefore we are going to ask the Verkhovna Rada to adopt a law saying that there is only one Orthodox Church in Ukraine while the second Orthodox Church should be called Russian. Moreover, they use the Church Slavonic language during prayers, sermon is in Russian, they protect Russian interests in the east [of Ukraine]," the newspaper quoted Filaret as saying.
He also stressed that Moscow is trying to meddle in Ukrainian church affairs and aggravate the situation around the obtaining of tomos of autocephaly under the guise of protection of the Orthodox faithful. Filaret also notes that the Ukrainian side will not allow any violence.
Censor.NET memo: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the official, registered, name of the Church run by the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP).
On April 17, 2018, President Poroshenko said Ukraine was closer than ever before to creating an autocephalous united local church.
On Sept. 2, hierarchs held meetings (Synaxis) of the Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Throne Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) to confirm that the Church of Constantinople is authorized, without the consent of other churches, to grant autonomy, or autocephaly, to a church that has requested it. This paves the way for autocephality of Ukraine's church. Further measures, such as the adoption of documents at the Synod, are expected to be taken in October.
Subsequently, on Sept. 7, Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed two Exarchs in Kyiv as part of preparations for granting autocephaly to Ukraine's Orthodox church. "Within the framework of the preparations for the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has appointed as its Exarchs in Kyiv His Excellency Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon from the United States, and His Grace Bishop Hilarion of Edmonton from Canada, both of whom are serving the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in their respective countries under the Ecumenical Patriarchate," the Ecumenical Patriarchate said in an announcement.
On Sept. 25, the UOC-MP declared that it was demanding that the Patriarchate of Constantinople withdraw its exarchs from Ukraine. In particular, the Holy Synod of the UOC-MP at a meeting held in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra September 25, expressed its attitude regarding the appointment of the Exarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate to Kyiv.
On Oct.11, 2018, Ecumenical Patriarchate has decided to proceed to the granting of autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine. In addition, the legal binding of Synod’s Letter of 1686 was abolished, thus pulling the Kyiv Metropolis from under Moscow jurisdiction. The Ecumenical Patriarchate also reinstated head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Philarchate Filaret and head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Makariy in their canonical status.
On Oct. 12, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) called for the episcopate, clergy and believers of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to begin preparations for a unifying Council.
On Oct. 15, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to break the eucharistic communication with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
On Oct. 18, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the law on the transfer of the St. Andrew's Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for perpetual free of charge usage.