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Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Currently the largest church in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate is made up of bishops and believers who refused to join Patriarch Filiaret's attempt at establishing an autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 1992, and have remained loyal to religious authorities in Moscow. They remain the only Ukrainian Orthodox Church to be recognized by the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the broader Orthodox world. Headed by Primate Volodymyr (Viktor Sabodan), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has traditionally been supported by Russia-leaning politicians who rejected the attempt to establish a Kievan Patriarchate. It finds its strongest support in Southern and Eastern Ukraine, which traditionally has had more cultural and linguistic affinity with Russia.