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UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Kirill appeals for unity of Church in Ukraine. No to political interference
Russian Orthodox primate’s appeal - read out in all the churches of the Patriarchate of Moscow – arrives after the violence on Maidan Square and the complete change in the political situation: Tymoshenko is released, a new interim president appointed, presidential elections scheduled for May 25. For now, Russia limits itself to freezing financial aid and keeping a close watch.
Yuscenko: Ukraine wants a national church independent of Moscow
The long pastoral visit of the leader of the Orthodox Church in Moscow begins in the midst of disagreement among the faithful in Ukraine, divided in three different churches. Kirill maintains that there is already an independent and national Orthodox church in the country; the one recognized by Moscow.
07/08/2009 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Kirill’s visit ends. Patriarch relates outcome to Medvedev
In his 10-day visit in Ukraine, the Patriarch of Moscow repeatedly stressed the profound spiritual unity of the Rus. For Vsevolod Chaplin the Russian Orthodox Church goes far beyond the political borders of the Russian Federation. But there are religious and political problems.
05/07/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Moscow Patriarchate: Metropolitan Vladimir, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has died
He was the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox church, obedient to Moscow since 1992. Ill with cancer he was replaced in February by Metropolitan Onufry, who now faces the great challenge posed to the Church by the Maidan protests. The risks of a split from the Moscow Patriarchate.
23/02/2015 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
For Ukrainian Church, even the pope calls the conflict a civil war, something Kyiv does not acknowledge
The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church press service appreciates the "shared position" with the Church of Rome on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He attacks the government, wondering whether it will now accuse the pope of being a subversive and ban him from the country.
21/03/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Crimea annexation frightens Patriarch of Moscow
Kirill not present for Putin's great speech to the Duma. While Russia follows in the footsteps of the empire of Ivan the Terrible, the Orthodox Churches of Ukraine are pushed towards autonomy by Moscow. The Moscow Patriarchate risks being a minority in the next pan-Orthodox Council.
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