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Ukraine Orthodoxy in key points

Kiev - Ukraine is home to millions of believers of the Orthodox Church. But their loyalties are divided between the Kiev and Moscow patriarchies.

Yepifaniy, head of Ukraine's new orthodox church

Kiev - Yepifaniy, who was on Saturday elected the head of Ukraine's new Orthodox church, is known as a critic of Moscow's religious influence in Ukraine and even helped Kiev's army in their struggle against the pro-Russian independence movement.

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Kiev - A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturday to work towards founding an independent church, in what Kiev authorities hope will be a further step out of Russia's orbit.

US, Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Washington - The head of the Ukrainian navy is meeting his US counterpart this week in Washington, where they will discuss the Russian navy's recent seizure of three Ukrainian vessels, a US official said Thursday.

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia: Tusk

Apo - EU leaders extended punishing economic sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine for another six months on Thursday, amid heightened tensions over the Azov Sea clash.

Ukrainian synod seeks to set up church independent of Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian priests will meet on Saturday to work towards an independent church, following an Orthodox "schism", in what Kiev authorities hope will signal a further step out of Russia's orbit.

Cousin of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker accepts EU's Sakharov prize

Strasbourg - A cousin of jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov accepted on Wednesday the European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize on his behalf, saying the director remained committed to winning the release of all "political prisoners" in Russia.

Russian info war preceded Ukrainian ship seizures: EU

Apo - Russia launched a year-long fake news campaign about Kiev's and NATO's plans for the Azov Sea before seizing three Ukrainian ships and their crew there, EU security commissioner Julian King alleged Monday.

Russia insists detained Ukrainian sailors will face trial

Milan - Russia on Friday insisted that Ukrainian sailors it captured after seizing their vessels will go on trial for violating its maritime borders, despite international calls for their release.

Pentagon sends flight over Ukraine following Russian naval incident

Washington - A US Air Force observation plane flew over Ukraine on Thursday in a mission to show US support for Kiev following Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Sea of Azov, officials said.

Ukraine calls for international action against Russian 'aggression'

Milan - Ukraine's foreign minister on Thursday called for a speedy international response to Russia's "aggression" after it seized three Ukrainian navy ships and 24 sailors in the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine urges 'comprehensive' NATO response to Russia

Apo - Ukraine on Tuesday pressed NATO to come up with a "comprehensive answer" to Russian aggression in the Black Sea, as the alliance treads carefully for fear of escalating tensions further.

Ukraine leader vows to bring home sailors captured by Russia

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met Tuesday with families of Ukrainian sailors captured by Moscow, vowing to do everything in his power to bring them home.

Ukraine raids Orthodox churches with Russia ties

Kiev - Ukrainian authorities on Monday raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia as political and religious tensions between the two countries grow.

Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressure

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he briefed his US counterpart Donald Trump on the Ukraine crisis as he came under pressure over Moscow's robust foreign policy at the G20 summit in Argentina.

War will continue so long as Ukraine government stays: Putin

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he saw no end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine "as long as the current authorities remain in power.

Putin says briefed Trump on Ukraine, wants fuller talks

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday he had explained his position in the Ukraine crisis to US leader Donald Trump at a G20 summit, and remained open to proper talks.

Under-fire Putin briefs Trump over Ukraine as EU leaders up pressure

Buenos Aires - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he briefed his US counterpart Donald Trump on the Ukraine crisis Saturday as he came under pressure over Moscow's robust foreign policy at the G20 summit in Argentina.

Ukraine authorities search home of Moscow-linked cleric in Church split

Kiev - Ukraine's security forces on Friday searched the home of the head of a major Kiev Orthodox monastery loyal to the Moscow-based church, amid tensions over an historic split in the Orthodox Church.

G7 says Russia seizure of Ukraine ships unjustified, calls for sailors' release

Ottawa - G7 nations on Friday called Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships off Moscow-annexed Crimea unjustified and demanded the release of the 24 sailors, saying the standoff had "dangerously raised tensions.

Mother says Ukrainian sailor held by Moscow 'always dreamed of sea'

Ukraine - Pensioner Olga Oprysko only found out her son had been captured by Russian forces after a neighbour in her small western Ukrainian village told her about an incident in the Azov Sea.

Ukraine holds military drills after Russia sea confrontation

Babakh-tarama - A Ukrainian general wearing camouflage and a bulletproof vest looks out from his Mi-8 helicopter flying over the Sea of Azov, the flashpoint of rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow."Our presumed enemy is Russia.

Trump-Putin: A rapprochement unrealized

Washington - Donald Trump's cancellation of weekend talks with his Russian counterpart is the latest in a series of collapsed efforts towards rapprochement.

EU plays it cautious over Ukraine-Russia tensions

Paris - The European Union is aiming to de-escalate tensions between Kiev and Moscow this week after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and their crew, worrying about putting fuel on the fire, diplomats and analysts say.

Ukraine attempts anti-Putin protest at G20

Buenos Aires - A Ukraine government plan to embarrass Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit failed Thursday when an Argentine company refused to erect a protest poster outside the meeting.

IMF's Lagarde says likely to approve Ukraine loan after Dec 10

Washington - The International Monetary Fund board will meet to approve a new loan deal for Ukraine "promptly" after December 10, once the country implements key policy steps including raising gas and heating rates, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday.

Trump expresses 'deep concern' over Russian seizure of Ukrainian ships

Washington - President Donald Trump has "deep concern" over Russia's armed seizure of three Ukrainian ships, the White House said Wednesday as Trump decides whether to cancel planned talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Under martial law, Ukraine troops dig trenches, pack bags

Leninskiy - Ukrainian soldiers busily dug trenches and stuffed rucksacks with emergency rations and ammunition after an unprecedented state of martial law came into force on Wednesday.

Russia accuses US of indulging 'provocative' Kiev

Geneva - Russia on Wednesday accused the United States and some European countries of indulging "provocative" action by Ukraine, as tensions mount over Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships.
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