Ukraine's Orthodox Church is now independent of Russia

Ukraine's president is declaring a victory, while Russia warns of geopolitical and religious conflict.

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    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has welcomed a decision that gives his country's Christian Orthodox Church full independence from Russia.

    It follows the decision by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul - the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox believers worldwide.

     

    Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Kiev.


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