Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP
Ukraine

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia as tensions mount

  • Ties between Russia and Ukraine have broken down since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 following a pro-Western uprising in Kiev
  • This year, those tensions spilled over into the religious arena

Topic |   Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, centre left, attends the closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church. Photo: AP
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