Head Of Russian Orthodox Set To Lose His Job As Ukrainian Church Gains Independence, Says Ukrainian Lawmaker Volodymyr Ariev

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (Vladimir Gundyayev) may soon lose his position as head of the Russian Orthodox Church having failed to prevent the granting of a tomos of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Head of Ukraine's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP Volodymyr Ariev has reported.

"The tomos has turned out to be a weapon. In Crimea, the the Russian occupiers put their air defence systems on full combat alert when the Ukrainian delegation was still flying to Istanbul in order to receive it. 

"The latest news from the north is as follows: since Kirill did not cope with the task of disrupting the granting of the tomos for Ukraine, the main man in Russia turned green, and left for celebrations to St. Petersburg, not to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior [in Moscow]. The main thing is that he even did not want to look at the loser. Obviously, someone may soon be deprived of his post," Ariev said wryly.

The MP said that the receipt of the tomos proves the significance of Ukraine's geopolitical victory. It was also a major humiliation for Vladimir Putin, who had desperately attempted to block the move.

Earlier, the Ecumenical Patriarchate proclaimed the newly established autocephalous church in Ukraine as its spiritual daughter with a department in Kyiv.

Read also: Ukrainian church granted independence!

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