UOC-MP.The service was attended by the primate’s Press-Secretary, Protopriest Heorhii Kovalenko, clergymen and the hospital personnel.
Let us remind the readers that on 1 February, 2012, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in his address on occasion of the third anniversary of his enthronement, stated that in view of “temporary incapability” of Metropolitan Volodymyr, the responsibilities of the head of the Synod of UOC-MP are now fulfilled by Metropolitan Ahafangel (Savin) of Odesa and Izmail. In his address the Head of the Russian Church also approved all the decisions of the Synod of UOC-MP of January regarding the internal life of the Ukrainian Church.
Therefore, Patriarch Kirill openly confirmed the opinion of the members of the Synod of UOC-MP that Metropolitan Volodymyr is incapable. According to Religion in Ukraine, persons related to the Kyivan Metropolitanate stated that on 26 January, Metropolitan Volodymyr was conscious. He was even ready to participate in the Synod session which might be held in the hospital, which scenario was considered. However, the session was held without his participation.