The Religious Information Service of Ukraine website reports that Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP), published a statement today (December 30, 2010), indicating that a plan to destroy the UOC-KP "was created in Moscow and proposed by Patriarch Kirill and his subordinates to implement in Ukraine."
Patriarch Filaret said the plan put pressure on Ukrainian pastors and parishes to transfer from the Kiev to the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Ukrainian Patriarch believes that further implementation of the plan threatens Ukrainian society. He urged the international community not to ignore the violations to human rights of the believers of the UOC-KP and to the pressure on this church.
The Ukrainian Christian Church is divided into three major branches: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate; the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kiev Patriarchate; and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which comes under the jurisdiction of the Pope in Rome.