Ukraine’s Orthodox Church is now independent of Russia

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

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.