Head of the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Archbishop Klyment has said the UOC-MP will not participate in the unification council for the creation of an independent autocephalous local Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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"Our position has not changed. The UOC-MP will not participate in this council, since the creation of the Ukrainian autocephalous church does not meet canonical norms," the archbishop said.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the Orthodox churches in Ukraine would gather for a unification council on December 15.