"We completely reject violence. Verkhovna Rada adopted a legal mechanism of conversion into Orthodox Church in Ukraine (OCU). They [the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchy] have to convert according to this law," said Filaret.
He added that in case UOC (MP) refuses to rename itself as Russian Orthodox Church, it will lose its legal entity right and ability to rent Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra from the state.
"This is a Ukrainian shrine which has to belong to Ukrainian, not Russian church," Filaret concluded.