Moscow has named Yuliya Samoylova as Kyiv song contest entry, ending speculation that it might boycott the competition. But now the Ukraine is threatening to ban the singer or even arrest her.
A push to establish an independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has also prompted Russian Orthodox bishops in Germany to "temporarily" quit a joint episcopate council. Their departure follows patriarchal orders from Moscow.
The imminent emergence of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine deals a blow to Vladimir Putin's attempts to keep the country in Moscow's orbit and bruises the Russian Orthodox Church, writes Konstantin Eggert.
Ukraine should have its own Orthodox church, independent from Moscow, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate has ruled in a bitter row. Representatives of Russia's Patriarch Kirill slammed the move as "catastrophic."
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is pushing for independence. After 300 years, it wants to break away from the Russian Orthodox Church, which it views as being too tied to Kremlin politics.
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