23 July 2024,   17:50
"Those who do not congratulate the Ukrainian nation either favor and serve Russian imperialism or are frightened conformists" - Dean Ilia Chigladze

"Those who do not congratulate the Ukrainian nation on this victory either favor and serve Russian imperialism or are frightened conformists," writes Dean Ilia Chigladze on his Facebook page.
In his statement, the autocephaly of Ukraine is the beginning of the end of Russian ecclesiastical and ideological imperialism and those who do not congratulate Ukraine on this victory, serve the Russian imperialism.
"Today, those who are in Georgia"s upper echelons should remember that the history will bring a fierce condemnation upon them and place their names on the shameful page next to Sergo Orjonikidze and Dimitri Abashidze. Russian ideological machine is trying to hinder the process of recognition of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but their struggle has already been lost: the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople gave Ukraine the status with full observance of autocephaly"s canonical procedures. The rest of the choice is: either the Liberty or the Dark Imperial Killer Russia, "writes the Dean.
The Patriarchate of Georgia has not responded to granting autocephaly for the Ukrainian Church yet. As the clergy of the high hierarchy say, before the congratulation, the Patriarchate should become familiar with the content of tomos.
President Salome Zourabichvili said that she could not take responsibility for congratulating the Ukrainian people with autocephaly.
The Prime Minister did not make any official announcement. Mamuka Bakhtadze avoided the question on the issue.
On January 4, Patriarch of Constantinople called upon the leaders of the world autocephalous churches to support the independence of the Ukrainian Church.
On January 5, the World Patriarch Bartholomew signed the tomos of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church. The ceremony was held in St. George"s Church in Istanbul and was attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.