2007-08-24 12:02:00

"Prayer for Ukraine" held without Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Kiev, August 24, Interfax - The "Prayer for Ukraine" attended by President Viktor Yuschenko is taking place at the St. Sofia Cathedral on Friday as part of the celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day.

Yuschenko's wife and children are also attending, as are chief of the presidential administration Viktor Baloha, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Tabachnyk, Foreign Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian National Security Council Secretary Ivan Plyusch, Kiev Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky, and other government officials.

However, no representatives have been sent from the largest church in the country, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The St. Sofia Cathedral is a historical monument and does not belong to any religious confession.