A leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was selected at a special council of orthodox priests in Kyiv. The special council was held in the ancient St Sophia’s Cathedral.
Ukrainian clerics of different Orthodox denominations (The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kiev Patriarchate) The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) and The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church) elected Metropolitan Epifaniy as the leader of the new church.
Earlier this year, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople – the first among equals in the world’s Orthodoxy – decided to grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly. According tothe Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Russian Orthodox Church illegally annexed the Kyiv Metropoly in 1686, which made Moscow in charge of the religious procedures in Ukraine for several centuries in a row.
Now Moscow fears losing many of its 12,000 parishes in Ukraine.