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Ukraine's leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name

AP  |  Kiev 

Ukraine's has signed a bill that orders the to change its name to reflect its ties to

The Ukrainian church has been part of the for centuries, but some Ukrainian orthodox clerics, with government support, have moved to set up a separate independent Orthodox church in The move comes amid Ukraine's disputes with after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Ukrainian on Saturday signed the bill ordering the to explicitly indicate its link to the Patriarchate in its name. He says that would make it easier for Orthodox believers to choose between the new independent church or an Orthodox church still tied to Moscow.

The has strongly protested the bill, calling it unconstitutional.

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First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 21:45 IST