Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that with the creation of the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the country had thrown off "the shackles that tied us to Moscow," after attending a Christmas liturgy at St. Sophia's Cathedral in Kiev on Monday.

Standing next to the 'tomos', a decree proclaiming autocephaly for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Poroshenko described it as "the key" to the country's independence and the "foundation of our spiritual freedom."

He also said that for Ukraine "nothing is impossible, we stand in solidarity and act together as a united Ukrainian nation."

He concluded his speech by saying that following the principle 'the eyes fear, but the hands do,' Ukraine will become a member of the European Union and NATO.

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