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Ukrainian Orthodox leaders back anti-government protests

December 09, 2013

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has thrown its support behind demonstrators protesting President Viktor Yanukoych’s decision to renounce a bid for integration into the European community, the AsiaNews service reports.

The government’s move, which came under pressure from Moscow, has prompted angry street demonstrations, and calls for the resignation of the president. While Russian President Vladimir Putin has denounced the demonstrations, the Russian Orthodox Church—which has claimed hegemony over the Ukrainian Orthodox—has avoided taking sides, merely appealing for peace.


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Dec. 09, 2013 8:29 PM ET USA

    Too long Ukraine has been under domination of their Russian "brothers" who've raped the land and people, and made Ukraine a third-world country! Time for Ukraine to part company with Mother Russia, who's been a mean mother! It's telling that West-leaning "republics," like Poland have done well, while those Moscow-centered are basket cases! I'm happy that some parts of the Orthodox Church support freedom, though the Russian Orthodox Church never will. They want to swallow Ukraine and its Church.