04 October 2017
Enemies of the people: Reconciliation between Russia and the Ukraine increasingly remote
Russia and Ukraine
Today’s Kiev offers some of the most striking clashes of the sacred and the secular that you can find anywhere in Europe. Last week, I watched a group of nine Orthodox pilgrims, all women, walking slowly and in single file towards the entrance to one of Ukraine’s most revered holy places – the Monastery of the Caves. That in itself would not have drawn attention. But they were processing along the white line in the middle of a four-lane road, with the traffic slowing respectfully, or so it seemed, to give them space. They reached the portal of the great monastery unscathed.
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