» 03/17/2014, 00.00
RUSSIA - UKRAINE
After the referendum, the Ukrainian Church-Kyiv Patriarchate fears ban in Crimea
As Patriarch Filaret is praying for Ukraine's "liberation from the occupiers," Moscow Orthodox fear expulsion from the Ukraine. Whilst recognising Ukraine's right to self-determination, the Moscow Patriarchate remains under Putin's influence. Crimea's invasion resembles Nazi Germany's Anschluss of Austria.
06/03/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Crimea's Parliament asks to Join Russia
A referendum date has been set for 16 March in violation of Ukraine's constitution, which provides for a pan-Ukrainian referendum. Christian leaders are united to defend the territorial integrity of the country, including Metropolitan Onufry, who has ties with the Moscow Patriarchate.
19/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
As Crimea becomes Russian amid violence and hatred
Activists and journalists denounce a climate of fear and lawlessness in the region. A Ukrainian soldier and a Tatar activist are killed. Belarusian writer Svyatlana Aleksiyevich warns that Putin, amid fears of war, is stirring the baser instincts of the population.
04/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
As Putin stops exercises on Ukraine border, Yanukovych asks him to invade the country
The Russian president's decision is announced today. The ousted Ukrainian president calls for Russian intervention because "the life and security and the rights of people, particularly in the southeast part in Crimea, are being threatened" and that there were "open acts of terror and violence".
12/09/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Greek Catholic Church blames Russia for Ukraine bloodshed
The Greek Catholic Synod slams the presence of heavy weapons, thousands of Russian mercenaries and regular troops. Russian propaganda is also a destructive weapon. In Crimea, imams lose residence permit. Greek Catholic priest faces the same problem.
03/03/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
As Russian soldiers are deployed to counter "ultra-nationalist" threats, contact group gives some hope
Russian flags fly on Donestk regional government buildings. Armoured vehicles are ready on the Russian side of the channel of Kerch in what appears to be a repeat of the Georgia action of 2008. As the United States, Great Britain and Sweden slam Russia, Germany and other EU nations seek talks with Putin. Even the UN tries ways to reduce tensions.
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