MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims have reached the center of Ukraine’s capital to finish their procession to the city’s most revered monastery after their march was disrupted on Tuesday.
The procession by Ukrainian adherents of Russian Orthodoxy was prevented from entering the city on Tuesday after Ukraine’s interior minister said grenades had been planted along the route. The believers completed their journey in buses Wednesday.
Ukrainian nationalists had blocked the procession from entering the city on Monday, pelting marchers with eggs and denouncing them as “agents of Moscow.”
The Orthodox Christian faithful in Ukraine are divided between one church which is part of the Russian Orthodox Church and a splinter church under a Ukrainian leader.