It is not up to UOC-MP to decide what hierarchs should be invited to Ukraine, - the OCU speaker
This is reported by Religiyna Pravda.
"As for the visit of the Ecumenical Patriarch: well, it is not up to the Moscow Patriarchate to tell Orthodox believers in Ukraine which hierarchs to invite to their country. They are free not to invite Bartholomew to Russia. But no one should stand in the way of the Ukrainian Orthodox. Both the church and society will fight them back," noted the Archbishop.
He also commented on the opposition of the Russian Church against the recognition of the OCU.
"There is a factor of opposition against the recognition of the Ukrainian Church — the activities of the Moscow Patriarchate, which, of course, constantly questions this. The Synod meeting was held on this issue, and, accordingly, a decision was made to restore canonical order in this matter for the Church of Cyprus as well. Several hierarchs who are too closely connected with the Russian Church and Russian figures living in Cyprus have interests in Cyprus. They have been opposed all this month. They charged the Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch. They strongly criticized the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This decision was necessary to restore the order," Yevstratiy Zorya emphasized.
He also said that in Kyiv, the protests were organized by the foundation - the headquarters of Russia's great-power chauvinism and its manifestations. "Once upon a time, "Putin's Policy Party" was even scurrying around in Ukraine. Thus, in fact, formally this organization has probably already disappeared, but, in fact, such political forces that can be designated by such a collective concept still exist," His Eminence stressed.