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Worshippers loyal to the Moscow-affiliated Orthodox church gather for a protest service outside a monastery in Kyiv. Many believers say they're loyal both to Ukraine and their traditional faith. Brian Mann/NPR hide caption

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Anger grows over Ukraine's largest Orthodox church, aligned with Moscow despite war

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Children pose for photos in front of a Christmas tree and other holiday decorations in a metro station in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Dec. 11. Natalie Keyssar for NPR hide caption

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For their safety, Ukrainian kids send their Christmas wish lists underground

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Firemen extinguish a fire at a gypsum manufacturing plant after shelling in the city of Bakhmut, in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, on Friday. Russia pressed on with a deadly offensive to capture key points in the Donbas this week. Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bartholomew I signs the Tomos of Autocephaly, marking the formal independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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