“This is a good signal for the church. I would like to hope that the era of impudent use of the church factor and gross state interference in church affairs is behind us, ”wrote Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, deputy head of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC, on Facebook.

Earlier, Zelensky met with Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew during his trip to Turkey, during which he promised to defend the independence of the church.

For his part, Patriarch Bartholomew once again reaffirmed support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.