Russia says extremists imposing their will in Ukraine

by Reuters
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:49 GMT

MOSCOW, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that Ukrainian extremists are "imposing their will" and whipping up religious tension after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich in Ukraine, where there are deep-seated rivalries between Orthodox Christian churches.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that priests and property of a church affiliated with the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church had faced threats, and warned the tension could cause "an even bigger schism in Ukrainian society".