As Kommersant-Ukraine writes, the visit will be accompanied by protest actions.
This is the fifth visit of Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine over two recent years. The previous visits were accompanied by the confrontation between his opponents - Ukrainian nationalists and supporters from among pro-Russian organizations.
Ukrainian nationalists are preparing protest actions this time too. "Russian Patriarch Kirill again arrives with his pet project about construction of the so-called "Russian peace" in Ukraine, whereas just Ukrainian church confessions are acquiring the moral authority in the country," Head of the Secretariat of the Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists Volodymyr Manko said, UKRINFORM reported.
According to him, on Tuesday, a protest action will be held near the Russian Embassy against a visit of Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate treated indifferently the arrival of the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church. "Stubbornly manufacturing an idea of the false church unity of Russia and Ukraine, he more and more repels Ukrainians from himself, who welcome all the more colder his visits,"the press secretary for the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Fr. Abbot Yevstratiry Zoria said.
Heads of Orthodox churches started to arrive in Kyiv for celebrations dedicated to the 1023th anniversary of the Baptizm of Rus on Monday.
Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II was the first to arrive in Ukraine, who jointly with the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Volodymyr has already held a seremonial service at the Kyiv-Pechersk Laura.
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