Given that, Moscow, both the church and the state, is doing everything it can to block such a move. At present, the Moscow Patriarchate’s 12,500 parishes in Ukraine constitute more than a third of all its parishes in the world. If it loses them to Kyiv, the Moscow Patriarchate will be marginalized not only internationally but at home as well.
Fr. Sergei Dmitriev who serves as an army chaplain changed from the Moscow Patriarchate to the Kiev Patriarchate due to the war and the attitude of churches to it. Photo by Ukrainian Novoye Vremya.