Ukrainian priests rile Moscow with moves to set up independent Orthodox Church

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Kiev hopes historic ‘unification’ synod in Kiev will be a further step out of Russia’s orbit

Ukrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturdayto work toward founding an independent church, in what the authorities in Kiev hope will be a further step out of Russia’s orbit.

Ties between the former Soviet neighbours have broken down since Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014 following a pro-western uprising in Kiev, and this year the tensions have spilt into the religious arena.

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