Orthodox Church of Ukraine sceptical about independence Ukrainian Orthodox Church


Eastern Europe


Kliment , Bishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Photo AFP, Aleksey Filippov Aleksey Filippov / AFP

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) says that it welcomes and supports all efforts of its counterpart under the Moscow Patriarchate to break with Moscow and Patriarch Kirill. However, the OCU, which belongs to the Patriarchate of Constantinople, is also sceptical about the feasibility of removing Russian influences from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC).