15:41 Jul. 27, 2016
After illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, Moscow Patriarchate annually stages ‘maritime Cross processions'
As a part of the so-called maritime Cross procession, the sailing yacht "MERI-2" with the holy relics of St Volodymyr and Alexander Nevsky on board has arrived to the Kerch bridge construction area, reports Krym Realii, a branch of RFE/RL focused on Crimea news.
The clergy explained that the relics were brought to bless ‘the grand construction process of all-Russia importance.'
The whole event dedicated to the Christianization of Kyivan Rus got underway on July 16.
According to the press service of the Sevastopol branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate, the procession that is held annually since 2014 will "unite Ukrainians and Russians that live in Crimea".
The march will pass through a number of Crimean cities, which are named as "the coastal cities of Russia's Black Sea region".
Ukraine is no longer a participant of the Kerch Strait Bridge construction agreement after Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Last year Ukraine's parliament has officially proclaimed February 20, 2014 as the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. International organizations slammed Crimea occupation and annexation as illegal and condemned Moscow's actions.
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Consequently, the Western countries introduced a number of sanctions against Russia. Russia declined to acknowledge the occupation of the peninsula and in its turn labeled it as a ‘restoration of historical justice'.