ICC NOTE: The branch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Eastern Ukraine has been marching toward Kyiv in what they have been labeling as a procession of peace. An earlier story explained the situation brewing in Ukraine between to rival branches of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Fox News is reporting Ukraine’s interior minister has ordered police to bar the procession from entering Kyiv. Reports of ammunition found along the route has raised the event from a potential volatile arrival to a violent one. Ukrainian officials worry the procession is meant as a ploy to insight violence allowing for Putin and Russia to point towards more involvement in Ukraine. The Russian Orthodox Church has been an arm of the Russian government for decades reaching far back into Russia’s history.
7/26/2016 Ukraine (Fox News) – Ukraine’s interior minister has ordered police to bar a major religious procession from entering the capital, Kiev, after police found ammunition planted along the planned route.
Arseniy Avakov said on Tuesday the procession would not be allowed in because of security concerns.
Thousands have been marching in the Holy Cross procession led by the Ukrainian branch of the Russian Orthodox Church from the country’s east and west since the beginning of July. They were to meet in Kiev later this week to mark the baptism of what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century.
Orthodox Christians in Ukraine adhere to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian branch of the Russian Orthodox Church.