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Ukraine Accused of Racking up Stats in Flawed Pursuit of Justice

"They set me up," Tkachuk, now retired, told the local court in Kostiantynivka. "If I could go back, of course, I wouldn't have done this."

She pleaded guilty, expressed remorse and the judge sentenced her to five years in prison, suspended for 12 months. The prosecutor and the defence lawyer had already left the room.

Church feud with Moscow imminent

Amid the turmoil that has engulfed the Orthodox Church over the contentious issue of the Ukrainian Church's independence from Moscow, Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios arrived in Greece on Friday, where he is expected to hold a service Saturday with Greek Archbishop Ieronymos.

Greek Orthodox Church backs independence of Ukrainian Church

The Church of Greece said Wednesday it supported Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios' right to grant independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018.

The Holy Synod, which met on Tuesday and Wednesday, said it also recognized Vartholomaios' "privilege" to "further address the issue of recognition."

Germany is Against Russia's Return to the G-8

In 2014, the seven most developed economies decided to remove Russia from the group, NOVA TV writes. 

The German government has declared that it does not agree with the renewal of Russia's membership in the Group of the most advanced industrialized countries, as suggested by the presidents of France and the United States, DPA, TASS and BTA reported.

Opinion: Only Patriarch Filaret will Protect Ukrainian Faithful in Diaspora

"We are told that our transition into the jurisdiction of Constantinople will not change anything in the life of our parishes. But all this is a lie," - Ukrainian Orthodox Christian believer Olga Samulyak explained to the Canadian Ukrainian Religious Information Bulletin.