Filaret sends a request to Phanar to return the minutes of UOC-KP “Council”

Head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko. Photos from open sources

The Head of the liquidated UOC-KP sent an official request to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on January 14, 2020.

“With Love in Christ”, Filaret Denisenko officially demanded that the Head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople return the original decisions of the “Local Council” of the UOC-KP, which was held on December 15, 2018, in St. Sofia Cathedral (Warm Sofia). Neonila Tkachenko, lawyer of the UOC-KP, published a photograph of the document on her Facebook page.

“Your Holiness! Due to the withdrawal on January 10, 2020 of my signature on the Resolution of the so-called Local Council of December 15, 2018, I ask you to return its original, which is retained in your archive. With love in Christ, the Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus-Ukraine,” says Filaret’s request.

According to Neonila Tkachenko herself, in this way “the Patriarch made it public that the original document was stored and used outside the territory of Ukraine. Thus, he proved the evidence of foreign influence on the liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate.”

As reported by the UOJ, on January 10, 2020, Head of the UOC-KP Filaret Denisenko withdrew his signature on the Resolution of the so-called “Local Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate” of December 15, 2018 on the liquidation of the structure he leads. The action was substantiated by the provisions of Articles 9 and 13 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, as well as Articles 22 and 35 of the Constitution of Ukraine, "which exclude the deterioration of the legal status of citizens of Ukraine who exercise the right to freedom of conscience in the Kiev Patriarchate."

At a press conference on January 20, Filaret said that Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople "persistently seeks the destruction of the Kiev Patriarchate."

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