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Despite icy relations, economic ties remain tight, with Russia now Ukraine’s biggest trading partner.1 November 2018
Russia has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Ukrainian companies and individuals.
Earlier this year, Kyiv froze the Russian assets of a number of Ukrainian businesses and individuals.
Despite the sanctions and almost five years of icy relations since Russia annexed Crimea and began supporting Ukrainian separatists, Russia remains Ukraine’s largest trading partner.
The Russian decree imposes sanctions on 322 individuals and 68 companies, mostly chemical and mining enterprises, TASS reports.
Putin has also warned of consequences from the growing rift between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches.
"I want to stress one thing: Political maneuvering in this sensitive area will always lead to the most serious of consequences, especially for those who do it," Putin told a gathering of the Russian diaspora in Moscow yesterday, RFE/RL reports.
Last month the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the highest spiritual authority in the Orthodox world, recognized the Ukrainian church as fully autonomous, angering the Russian Orthodox hierarchy.
The Russian Orthodox Church quickly announced that it would cut ties with the Istanbul-based Patriarchy, RFE says.
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