UKRAINE - RUSSIA - Crimea: on the eve of the referendum the Ukrainian Church appeals for the country's integrity [AN]


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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Patriarchate of Moscow warn of the risks of secession. Archbishop Klyment accuses Europe of watching idly. Metropolitan Onufry calls on Russia not to divide the Ukraine. If it does, it will open a bloody wound that will be reflected painfully on the relations between the two brotherly peoples.

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I am not sure I agree. Sometimes separatism is the better path, especially if the country is divided into two opposing sides. Separatism worked out for Czechia and Slovakia. Separatism was supported by many for Kosova from Serbia. Separatism worked out Ok for Yugoslavia which was divided up into separate countries and the Vatican was one of the first countries to recognize the separate country of Croatia. Sarah Palin’s husband Todd was a member of the Alaska separatist party which proposed breaking off Alaska from the USA and having it as its own separate country. No one asked for sanctions against the Palins. South Sudan separated from Sudan. Eritrea was part of Ethiopia and it separated and declared its independence in 1993. So separatism is not always a bad idea.


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