Ukrainian Orthodox Church
On the Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Holy Dormition Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, with the newly-elected president of Ukraine present, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr conducted the prayer service of thanksgiving on the occasion of conmpletion of the election campaign.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr congratulated Victor Yanukovych on the victory in the elections of the President of Ukraine and presented him with a copy of the Iveron icon of the Mother of God as a blessing. It was the original Iveron Icon of the Mother of God that Victor Yanukovuch prayed at during his visits to the Holy Mount Athos. And right on the day of remembrance of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, February 25, the inauguration of the President of Ukraine is to be conducted.
Also the Primate of the UOC made a present of a copy of the facsimile edition of the Peresopnytsia Gospels to the president elect of Ukraine, on the original copy of which Victor Yanukovych will swear to the people of Ukraine in the walls of the Supreme Council (Verkhovna Rada) of Ukraine. In the book His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr made an inscription: “To President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych with the God’s blessing and wishes to rule the State in accordance with the God’s Word”.
Having received blessing of the UOC Primate, the President Elect of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych addressed the clergy and faithful with the words of gratitude for the prayer support and expressed confidence that due to our laborious people, our fertile lands and our orthodox faith Ukraine will become strong and succeeding state, respected all over the world.