On December 15, 2021, during the celebration of the third anniversary of the “unification council”, the head of the OCU, Epiphany Dumenko, awarded the former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with a cross for services to the OCU, and his wife Marina Poroshenko with the Order of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga.
This is reported by Religious Truth.
Poroshenko in his speech called on the Ukrainians to “continue the path.”
“I want to thank you for the high award that was presented to me and my family today. We really appreciate it. This is important for us. I want to call on all Ukrainians to unite around our church. I want to encourage Ukrainians to continue the path that we began three years ago, when hundreds of parishes joined our church and continue this process. This is the right thing to do, this is the right path. Life has already proved that the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is what unites our country, what gives spiritual statehood to Ukrainians, ”the ex-guarantor noted.