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Press secretary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) says the Belarusian Autocephalous Church has announced it also seeks to fight for a real, confirmed autocephaly, but it is unlikely to see success in this endeavor.

"The Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church is small and actually remains underground in Belarus. Therefore, now it's difficult to speak about any recognition of this church on the part of the state. And without recognition by the state, recognition by the Ecumenical Patriarch could hardly be expected," the cleric said, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Glavred.

"As we see on Ukraine's example, it is important for the Ecumenical Patriarch to have a certified support for ideas of autocephaly not only from church hierarchs, but also from the state power," he added.