Ukraine: Head of Ukrainian church leads Baptism of Rus celebrations

The Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Onuphrius led a religious service at Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on Saturday mark the anniversary the Baptism of Kievan Rus. About 5,000 worshippers took part in the ceremony, which was held on 1030th anniversary of the baptism. Although the Christianisation of Kievan Rus' occurred in several stages, the definitive date of the Christianisation of Kiev dates back... Еще to the baptism of Vladimir the Great in 988. St. Vladimir was baptised at Chersonesos before he went on to baptise his family and residents in Kiev. The Kievan Rus' were a loose federation of eastern European Slavic tribes, which are viewed as the ancestors of today's people of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia.

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