I'm always amused hearing anti-KP people (who belong to the ROC) denounce Filaret as this immoral monster. Folks, the guy was a ROC hierarch for several decades! But it gets better: he headed the Ukrainian Exarchate (which was like half of all MP by number of the faithful). Essentially, he was BISHOP NUMBER TWO of the Russian Church. They made him locum tenens of the Patriarchate! How do his real and alleged crimes reflect on the RUSSIAN Church? Moreover, are we supposed to believe his deposition and excommunication was not politically motivated? If so, how did they suffer him for decades?
On the other hand, it's hard to accept the guy as a genuine Ukrainephile - for all the same reasons.
Ultimately, this is not about the person of Filaret (and I agree - he would do good to retire). It's simple, really:
1) Canonical UOC is part of ROC. This is just the fact. I think detractors underestimate the degree of its autonomy (after all, Met. Volodymyr is no puppet. BTW, it that historic MP elections, Met. Volodymyr Sabodan was a candidate - and he did better than Filaret, ultimately losing a run-off to Alexi by like 140 to 160). But make no mistake - MP influences the UOC a great deal, including selecting bishops and abbots. Some fairly prominent UOC bishops are known to be anti-Ukrainian.
2) Russian Church is connected to (and partly controlled by) the Russian state. No big surprise here - tell me when it weren't?
3) And Russian state, folks, is no friend to Ukraine. It just isn't. This, together with 1 and 2, made for some ugly sights - like Orthodox churches used as heavy propaganda machines for a particular political candidate (and his political party) deemed at the moment pro-Russian.
...and I'm not even touching on this Russian nationalist, Third-Rome, "one-great-undivided-Russian-nation", Ukraine-(and Belarus-) denying BS ideology that is like a crypto-dogma in the ROC, both in Russia and in Eastern-Southern Ukraine. MP will never publish any of this in any official document, but the culture can be very unwelcoming to a Ukrainian. And yes, there are Ukrainian nationalist nutcases, and yes, those are found in the KP (if in a church at all). But note that even most of those do not claim that Russians do not exist as a nation and should all just drop their silly jargon they call a language and learn proper Ukrainian. (Funny thing - leading demagogue of the infamous UNSO, after a stint as an Eastern Rite Catholic and - very publicly - providing muscle for the KP is now, apparently, a loyal son of the ROC and an instructor of Russian pro-Kremlin Nashi youth movement. He teaches them how to beat up political opponents in a street fight.)
So, you see, choices made by some Orthodox Ukrainians are understandable, if not totally justified.
(side note - no, really, how is Moscow the Mother of Kiev?)
EDIT: Forbidden 'U' word replaced with more polite reference -PtA