Ecumenical Patriarch signs decree for Ukrainian Orthodox church’s independence

​The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which Ukrainian leaders see as vital to the country’s security. The decree, granting autocephaly,was signed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at a service with the head of the Ukrainian church Metropolitan Epifaniy and President… Read More Ecumenical Patriarch signs decree for Ukrainian Orthodox church’s independence

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko names head of independent Orthodox church following split from Russia

Ukraine chose the head of a new national Orthodox church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence. President Petro Poroshenko said 39-year-old Metropolitan Epifaniy of the Kiev Patriarchate church had been chosen as head of the church by a council, comparing the… Read More Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko names head of independent Orthodox church following split from Russia

Ukraine bars Russian adult males from entry into country

Ukraine on Friday banned Russian men of combat age from entering the country, a move introduced under martial law after Russia fired on and captured three Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea last weekend. Ukraine announced it was barring entry to Russian men between 16-60 years and a senior state security official said Kiev was considering… Read More Ukraine bars Russian adult males from entry into country

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accuses Russia of plans to annex his country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday of wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Poroshenko’s comments to German media were part of a concerted push by Kiev to gain Western support for more sanctions against Moscow, securing… Read More Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko accuses Russia of plans to annex his country

Russia blocks two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports

Two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports, Berdyansk and Mariupol, are effectively under blockade by Russia as vessels are being barred from leaving and entering, Ukraine’s infrastructure minister, Volodymyr Omelyan, said on Thursday. Overall, 35 vessels have been prevented from carrying out normal operations and only vessels moving towards Russian ports on the Azov Sea are permitted… Read More Russia blocks two Ukrainian Azov Sea ports

Russia blocks Ukrainian naval vessels from entering Sea of Azov

Russia stopped three Ukrainian navy vessels from entering the Sea of Azov via the Kerch Strait on Sunday by placing a huge cargo ship beneath a Russian-controlled bridge, with officials from both countries accusing the other of provocative behavior. A bilateral treaty gives both countries the right to use the sea, which lies between them… Read More Russia blocks Ukrainian naval vessels from entering Sea of Azov

Ukraine secures approval for historic split from Russian church

​Ukraine secured approval on Thursday to establish an independent church in what Kiev says is a vital step against Russian meddling in its affairs, but the Russian clergy fiercely opposes the biggest split in Christianity for a thousand years. At a three-day synod presided over by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, seat of the global… Read More Ukraine secures approval for historic split from Russian church