Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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Church of Ukraine
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Founder(s) Apostle Andrew, St. Vladimir of Kiev
Autocephaly/Autonomy declared 2019
Autocephaly/Autonomy recognized 2019 by Constantinople
Current primate Metropolitan Epiphanius I of Kiev and all Ukraine
Headquarters Kiev, Ukraine
Primary territory Ukraine
Possessions abroad
Liturgical language(s) Ukrainian,Church Slavonic
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 18,300,000 [1]
Official website Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is an autocephalous member of the Eastern Orthodox Church, whose terittory consists of Ukraine. The church is led by the Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine.

The Church emerged from a unification council which was convoked by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and took place in the St. Sophia's Cathedral on 15 December 2018[1]. The council succeeded to unite the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and two bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) that is autonomous under the Church of Russia.[2]. The rest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate rejected the unification council. On 6 January 2019, a Tomos of Autocephaly was granted to the new Church by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople[3].

As of 1 January 2021, there were 6981 parishes, 79 monasteries and 4572 priests associated with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine[4].

Recognition and disputes

The autocephaly has been met with resistance by the other autocephalous churches, mainly due to the schismatic history of two of the bodies that merged in the new Church, the Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. As of January 2022, the autocephaly has been recognized by the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Alexandria and the Churches of Cyprus and Greece.

Eventually, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), Philaret, denied that his Church was dissolved and distanced himself from the new Church.[5]

Unlike the OCA, whose autocephaly is also not universally recognized in the Orthodox world but which is in communion with all local Churches, most local Orthodox Churches have not entered into communion with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, still regarding its members as schismatic, while continuing to support Metropolitan Onufriy as the canonical primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate). All Autocephalous Churches are in communion with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).


  • Metropolis of Kyiv
  • Metropolis of Lviv
  • Metropolis of Vinnytsia and Bar
  • Metropolis of Galicia
  • Metropolis of Chernivtsi and Bukovyna
  • Metropolis of Vinnytsia and Bratislav
  • Metropolis of Mykolayiv and Epiphany
  • Metropolis of Bogorodsk
  • Metropolis of Korsun
  • Metropolis of Ivano-Frankivsk and Halych
  • Metropolis of Lviv and Sokal
  • Metropolis of Simferopol and Crimea
  • Metropolis of Lutsk and Volyn
  • Metropolis of Donetsk and Mariupol
  • Metropolis of Cherkasy and Chyhyryn
  • Metropolis of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve
  • Archdiocese of Drohobych and Sambir
  • Archdiocese of Sumy and Okhtyrka
  • Archdiocese of Chernivtsi and Kitsman
  • Archdiocese of Vinnytsia and Tulchyn
  • Archdiocese of Ternopil and Kremenets
  • Archdiocese of Poltava and Kremenchug
  • Archdiocese of Rivne and Ostroh
  • Archdiocese of Chernihiv and Nizhyn
  • Archdiocese of Zhytomyr and Polissya
  • Archdiocese of Kharkiv and Izium
  • Archdiocese of Chernivtsi and Khotyn
  • Archdiocese of Chernivtsi and Khotyn
  • Archdiocese of Ternopil and Buchach
  • Diocese of Slavonia
  • Diocese of Uzhhorod and Khust
  • Diocese of Luhansk and Starobilsk
  • Diocese of Volodymyr-Volynsky and Turiysky
  • Diocese of Kropyvnytskyi and Golovanivskyi
  • Diocese of Ternopil and Terebovlya
  • Diocese of Belogorod
  • Diocese of Odessa and the Baltics
  • Diocese of Kolomyia and Kosiv
  • Diocese of Kharkiv and Bohodukhiv
  • Diocese of Zaporizhia and Melitopol
  • Diocese of Uzhhorod and Zakarpattia
  • Diocese of Mukachevo and Carpathia
  • Diocese of Kherson and Kakhovka
  • Diocese of Zhytomyr and Ovruch
  • Diocese of Khmelnytsky and Kamyanets-Podilsky
  • Diocese of Rivne and Sarny
  • Diocese of Kherson and Tavria


Autocephalous and Autonomous Churches of Orthodoxy
Autocephalous Churches
Four Ancient Patriarchates: Constantinople · Alexandria · Antioch · Jerusalem
Russia · Serbia · Romania · Bulgaria · Georgia · Cyprus · Greece · Poland · Albania · Czech Lands and Slovakia · OCA* · Ukraine*
Autonomous Churches
Sinai · Finland · Estonia* · Japan* · China* · Ukraine*
The * designates a church whose autocephaly or autonomy is not universally recognized.