On 24 December, a delegation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) headed by Metropolitan Onufriy of Kiev and All Ukraine arrived in Tbilisi. They celebrated the 39th Anniversary of the Enthronement of Patriarch Ilia. Being a member of the delegation, Vadym Novynskyi congratulated His Holiness on the occasion of this great date.

For the entire Orthodox world, Patriarch Ilia is a genuine example of true service to God and mankind. His Holiness very warmly welcomed the UOC delegation. He expressed his support to His Beatitude Onufriy in these difficult times for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and said that he always prayed for His Beatitude, as well as for our Church and Ukraine.