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.
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
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.
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.
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