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ICC NOTE: The vocal and sometimes physical conflict between the Russian Orthodox and the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has grown to a point the Ukrainian president has gotten involved. Many in Ukraine view not only the procession which ended with a prayer session in Kiev but the Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (Russian Orthodox) to be a soft arm of Putin’s push for further presence in the country. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has advocated to regional patriarchs of the Orthodox church to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The hope of its recognition is to lead towards a point of unity and potential peace among the schism which has been created within the church. 

7/28/2016 Ukraine (Fox News) – The Ukrainian president has called on an Orthodox Christian leader to recognize the independence of his country’s splinter church.

Orthodox Christians in Ukraine are divided between one church that is part of the Russian Orthodox Church and a splinter church under a Ukrainian leader that neither Moscow nor other Orthodox churches recognize.

President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said he had petitioned Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, considered “the first among equals,” to recognize the Ukrainian Church’s independence which he said should help to overcome divisions in the country.

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