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Title: 'Project Ukraine' under Threat
Subtitle: Christian Churches in Ukraine and Their Relations 1991-2015
Author(s): BRÜNING, Alfons
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 67 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2015
In its first part, this article tries to systematize information about religious life and societal activities of Christian communities, mainly the Eastern rite churches in Ukraine since Ukrainian independence in 1991. What emerges from this attempt is a picture consisting of manifold initiatives to bridge and overcome old antagonisms formerly vigorously active in a borderland society, starting from grassroots ecumenism, inclusive approaches towards religiosity, up to conciliatory historical narratives and joint socio-political organizations. This 'project Ukraine' in various respects came under threat since the outbreak of the Maidan protests in November 2013, and the crisis that followed. The second part of the article therefore analyses further developments up to June 2015, and tries to explore the prospects of the named 'project' and its potential for de-escalation and peace-building.