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

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople signs the formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attended the ceremony in Istanbul. 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

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

Poroshenko meets Ukrainian soldiers preparing to head east

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses soldiers as they prepare to leave their base in Zhytomyr region in the country’s north to take over from soldiers in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine president visits troops heading to Russian border

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits military air base in the city of Zhytomyr where air assault force troops prepare to leave for locations on the border with Russia.

Ukraine leader vows to bring home sailors captured by Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets with families of Ukrainian sailors captured by Moscow, vowing to do everything in his power to bring them back home.