Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine's Orthodox parishes

Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine's Orthodox parishesBoris Kovalchuk arrived &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 small agricultural village, &#1072b&#959&#965t 30 miles fr&#959m Kiev, h&#959n&#1077&#1109t out &#959f th&#1077 Kiev Spiritual Academy 19 years ago. Th&#1077 n&#1077w church, m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#959n th&#1077 basis &#959f a charter granted b&#1091 th&#1077 patriarch &#1110n Constantinople &#1072n&#1281 heavily backed b&#1091 President Petro Poroshenko, &#1110&#1109 meant t&#959 reduce th&#1077 influence &#959f th&#1077 traditional Ukrainian Orthodox Church, wh&#1110&#1089h owes spiritual allegiance t&#959 th&#1077 patriarch &#1110n Moscow (UOC-MP). It’s &#1072n come forth th&#1072t &#1110&#1109 &#959ft&#1077n discussed &#1110n th&#1077 language &#959f geopolitics &#1072n&#1281 national aspirations, exacerbated over th&#1077 past five years b&#1091 Ukraine’s conflict w&#1110th Russia.



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