The President-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to residents of Crimea and Donbas with a message of peace. It is published on his page in Facebook.
In the recording of the message received by religious leaders, among them the head of the newly formed Orthodox Church in Ukraine (PCU) Epiphanius, however, according to the publication “Liga.News” meeting between him and Zelensky has taken place.
The video was filmed among other primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Onufriy (Berezovsky), the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (of WGCC) Svyatoslav, the mufti of Crimea Ayder the ceremony, chief Rabbi of Odessa and southern Ukraine Avraham wolf and other religious leaders of the Muslims and Jews of Ukraine.
All participants of the video called for a “healthy dialogue” and “negotiations for the solution of the conflict.”
“The result of meetings with religious leaders was a message of peace for the inhabitants of Crimea and Donbass. Thanks to all who agreed. We are with you! We are together! We are one country!” summed up Zelensky.
Earlier Zelensky said that the continuing settlement of the armed conflict in the Donbass is part of his primary objectives as President. However, he noted that permits restart of the process.
Ptsu was established on 15 December 2018 to the unification Council, initiated by Patriarch Bartholomew and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. It included mostly representatives of the schismatic churches, with chapters of which Constantinople removed the anathema a few months before.
After the dissolution of the UOC-KP in December 2018 Filaret is the honorary Patriarch of the DNC. Earlier it became known that he decided to hold a meeting of bishops which met to discuss the prospects of revival of the Kyiv Patriarchate. Epiphanius on the so-called fraternal meeting not invited.
ROC broke Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate immediately after the lifting of the anathema with the Ukrainian schismatics in the fall of 2018. The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church remained part of the Moscow Patriarchate did not recognize the results of the Unification of the Cathedral.