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Putin hoping Ukraine will pursue ties closer to home

AFP, KIEV

Overlooking the Dnipro River, the park where the ceremonial prayer took place hosts a monument to Prince Vladimir the Great revered for converting ancient Rus to Christianity in 988. As well as promoting economic ties, Putin also stressed the bonds between both countries forged by a common history and what he called Russia and Ukraine’s “spiritual unity.”

“Together we went through great trials, tribulations and tragedies, together we built and defended the Great Rus,” Putin said during a meeting with Ukraine’s top Orthodox clergy.

“All of us are spiritual successors of what happened here 1,025 years ago. And in this sense we are certainly one people,” he added.

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