Ukraine’s newly independent church holds historic first service

Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church holds its first service in Kiev after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow.

Ukraine’s newly independent church holds first service

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko takes part in Ukraine’s newly created independent Orthodox Church’s first service in Kiev after a historic break with the Russian Orthodox Church that has enraged Moscow. The service came a day after the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew based in Istanbul handed over a formal decree that finalised recognition of Ukraine’s new Church. IMAGES

Ukrainians await historic synod decision on independent church

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives at Kiev’s Saint Sophia Cathedral while several thousands of Ukrainians rally outside ahead of a historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia. IMAGES

Rescuers dig through rubble of Ukraine flats after gas explosion

Rescuers dig through rubble after a gas explosion ripped through a block of flats in a town near Kiev. One person is injured but more are feared to be trapped under the rubble.

Nationalists march in Kiev to demand end to all ties with Russia

Ukrainian nationalist militants gather in central Kiev, before going to the offices of the presidential administration to demand the end of all ties with Russia. Parliament symbolically ended a treaty of friendship and cooperation with Moscow the day before, but this measure is not considered sufficient by the activists.

Ukrainian President Poroshenko welcomes Lithuanian counterpart

President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, welcomes the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, with an official ceremony at Mariinsky Palace in Kiev ahead of their official meeting. IMAGES

Ukraine marks five years since bloody Maidan uprising

Protesters march with torches from Maidan Square, in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, towards the Interior Ministry, to demand justice for demonstrators who were killed five years ago during the Maidan revolution, which ousted a pro-Moscow government but sparked war in the east of the country and led to Russia annexing Crimea.

Ukraine military carries out exercises amid Russia tensions

The Ukrainian military carries out exercises in the town of Urzuf, between the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol amid high tensions with Russia. Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships. Poroshenko has signed an act imposing martial law for 30 days in regions bordering Russia, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. IMAGES

As martial law takes effect, young Ukrainians urge: “keep calm”

A small group of young Ukrainian students pose with ‘keep calm’ signs in the capital Kiev to encourage residents ‘not to panic’ after Ukraine’s president signed an act imposing martial law in border regions, amid mounting tensions over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships.

As martial law takes effect, young Ukrainians urge: “keep calm”

A small group of young Ukrainian students pose with ‘keep calm’ signs in the capital Kiev to encourage residents ‘not to panic’ after Ukraine’s president signed an act imposing martial law in border regions, amid mounting tensions over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships.