Thursday, December 18, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk met with the Head of the
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret.
Patriarch Filaret said that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church supports the Government's efforts to overcome the
his part, he said that the Church not only prays but makes every effort to facilitate the
activities of the Cabinet of
Ministers and the entire central government. "We have already taken appropriate measures to combat corruption. We’ve taken a decision that we won’t receive corruptors," he added.
Filaret expressed admiration for patriotism and dedication with which the Ukrainians from all over the country help the Ukrainian military. He informed how the Church provides the ATO fighters with clothes, food, medical supplies, ambulances, "This is all supported by the people. This is evidence that there is a unity
of Ukrainian society in such difficult conditions."
Arseniy Yatsenyuk congratulated the Patriarch on the day of its patron saint - Filaret the Merciful and on behalf of the Government of Ukraine thanked the Church "for the high level of spiritual and moral support for Ukraine": "We very
much appreciate your prayer, your hard word and confidence. You are inspiring
faith in the Ukrainians that we will overcome
all these complex challenges."
The Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Patriarch discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the State and the Church in the sphere of social service, education, humanitarian assistance to temporarily displaced
persons, strengthening ties with the Ukrainians overseas.