Kremlin politics divides Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches

After 300 years, it wants to break away from the Russian Orthodox Church, which it views as being too tied to Kremlin politics.

In April, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed an appeal to the Patriarch of Constantinople from his country's two smaller, unrecognized Orthodox churches asking for recognition and independence, which was backed by the Ukrainian Parliament.

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