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Amid Church Rift, Kremlin Vows To ‘Protect Interests’ Of Faithful In Ukraine

The Kremlin has issued a fresh warning following a key step in Kyiv’s quest for an independent church that is recognized by the Orthodox Christian leadership, saying Russia will protect the interests of the faithful in Ukraine if the historic split leads to illegal action or violence.

A Visit To Old Kyiv’s Cathedrals, A Most Pleasant Day

The October 12 comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, came a day after Ukraine won approval from a synod led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based global spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, to establish an autocephalous — or independent — church…

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