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Kremlin says new Ukrainian church being used for political ends

Kremlin says new Ukrainian church being used for political ends
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Monday accused Ukraine’s politicians of using the creation of a new Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow for political ends.

Ukraine chose the head of a new national Orthodox church on Saturday, marking a historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence.

“In Ukraine, these processes, this schism-creating activity is completely mixed up with politics, which of course is probably not allowed in church canon,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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