Honorary Patriarch of Ukraine Filaret declared that he admits the division of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and claims that, like the head of the OCU, he is authorized to convene the Council. According to Filaret, due to extremely rare communication with the head of the OCU, Epiphanius, “the church got divided.”
“Because there is no communication, and it should be. <…> Now my task as a patriarch is to preserve the Ukrainian church,” he said. Filaret also said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate still exists.