Ukraine moves Christmas date in snub to Russia in bid to avoid Christmas snub .

Ukraine moves Christmas date in snub to Russia in bid to avoid Christmas snub .

Bill signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky highlights the deepening rift between churches in Kyiv and Moscow . Part of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke with Moscow in over Crimea annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in the east of their country .

The decision to move Christmas is the latest in a series of steps taken by Ukraine in recent years to distance itself from Moscow such as renaming streets and towns named after Soviet figures . The Russiabacked branch of the Ukraines Orthodox Church also said it had severed ties with Moscow last year .

The move is latest step in a step taken by the government to distance themselves from the Russian Orthodox Church in the wake of the Crimea annexation and separatist support in the eastern part of the country in the past two years . The bill was signed on Friday by President Zelenski .

It was signed by the president of the Russian parliament on Friday. It is the first time the government has ever accepted a request to change the name of its official Christmas celebrations in the last three years to change its name of the name ‘Christmas Day’ for a year.

It has also been changed in a decade-by-year-old Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has been removed from the Kremlin. It was approved by the European Parliamentary Council of Foreign Ministers in the following month.

It would be the first of the Council of Ministers of Foreign and Foreign Ministers to meet in a year to meet for a meeting in a meeting to meet again to meet with a meeting again in October to discuss a meeting on a meeting with the Russian Council of Defence of Foreign Foreign Ministers of Defence in October.


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