The UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate officially appealed to Patriarch Kirill.
Representatives UOC MP appealed to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and all members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church after the rocket attack on Odesa on the night of July 23.
Official appeal in your Telegram channel published archpriest of the UOC MP Oleksandr Klymenko.
“Please note that at the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church dated May 27, 2022, a decision was made that we, led by our head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, leave the UOC completely under your subordination. More than once, in your sermons, you talk about the unity of “Holy Russia”, which you are completely destroying with your blessing and deeds. I also ask you to pay attention to what, precisely with your personal blessing, the army of the Russian Federation is doing today without rank and open war on the sovereign territory of the Ukrainian State. In my opinion, you have forgotten that, just as in Russia, in Ukraine there are (were) your children, whom you consider to be such, and you blessed those who are killing them today,” said the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Viktor Artsyzky.
The address emphasizes that the bishops and priests of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrate and bless the tanks and rockets that bomb the peaceful cities of Ukraine.
Representatives of the UOC MP also appealed to the Russian Patriarch Kirill regarding the rocket attack on the Savior and Transfiguration Cathedral in Odessa.
The rocket of the Russian Federation “blessed” by you flew directly into the altar of the church on the feast of saints, I realized that there is nothing in common with your understanding in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for a long time. Because of your personal ambitions, you lost the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and other churches in the countries of “Holy Russia”! to death and murder!, – the message says.
The UOC-MP emphasized that they condemn the “insane aggression of Russia” against independent Ukraine.
“We demand that we step back from our Church, from our bishops and our Primate! We have our own way, chosen by the Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. I sincerely ask you to stop. Every rocket that flies into the territory of Ukraine today is perceived by its inhabitants as your blessing to their children,” the text of the statement reads.
We will remind The Odesa Diocese of the UOC MP reacted to the rocket attack on the Transfiguration Cathedral – there they admitted that the attack was carried out by Russia.