Thousands of supporters of Russian president Vladimir Putin's hard line in Crimea gather in Moscow, as a Russian truck enters a Ukrainian base in Sevastopol.
Russian media are calling it "Russia's Columbine." After a teenage gunman opened fire at a technical college on the annexed Crimean peninsula, Vladimir Putin is pointing fingers — and Russians are looking for answers.
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.
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 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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