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A unification council is taking place at Kyiv's St. Sophia Cathedral, during which it is planned to announce the creation of a new, unified, independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine, approve its charter, and elect its leader in two rounds.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate will be represented by 42 hierarchs with a priest and a layman each – a total of 126 delegates.

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church confirmed the participation of 12 bishops and each will bring a priest and a layman with them, that is, 36 delegates.

The Moscow Patriarchate has confirmed the participation of 10 bishops – each with a priest and a layman. In total, 30 people.

In total, according to preliminary calculations by the Exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarch, 64 bishops, 64 priests and 64 laymen will take part in the unification council, thus their total number will be 192.