Russian leader assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has criticized Ukraine’s transfer to space up a novel Orthodox church self reliant from Moscow and promised to defend non secular freedom.

Earlier this month, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a novel Orthodox Church of Ukraine, formally severing its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who runs for re-election in March, has spearheaded the transfer that pressured clergy and believers to form a desire from belonging to the ragged Moscow-affiliated church or the novel Ukrainian one.

Putin acknowledged the push for the novel church was rooted in “the warfare for energy” and provoked “animosity and intolerance.” He warned Thursday that “we reserve the compatible to react and can own to aloof form all the pieces to present protection to human rights, together with freedom of judgment of correct and erroneous.”

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