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Thousands of Russian Orthodox gather in Kiev despite threats

  • In this photo taken on Monday, July 25, 2016, Ukrainian clergymen and national guards, right, walk to the city Boryspil, Ukraine. Ukraine’s interior minister on Tuesday, July 26 bent to the pressure of nationalists and ordered police to bar a major religious procession from entering the capital, Kiev, after police found ammunition planted along the planned route. Ukrainian nationalists have previously threatened to attack the procession if it enters Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    In this photo taken on Monday, July 25, 2016, Ukrainian clergymen and national guards, right, walk to the city Boryspil, Ukraine. Ukraine’s interior minister on Tuesday, July 26 bent to the pressure of nationalists and ordered police to bar a major religious procession from entering the capital, Kiev, after police found ammunition planted along the planned route. Ukrainian nationalists have previously threatened to attack the procession if it enters Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Orthodox believers and clergymen participate in a procession downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The processions are in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century. They are to commemorate the day at the hillside monument in central Kiev to Saint Volodymyr, the prince who enacted the adoption of Christianity. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Orthodox believers and clergymen participate in a procession downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. The processions are in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century. They are to commemorate the day at the hillside monument in central Kiev to Saint Volodymyr, the prince who enacted the adoption of Christianity. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Orthodox nuns walk to prayer in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century. They are to commemorate the day at the hillside monument in central Kiev to Saint Volodymyr, the prince who enacted the adoption of Christianity. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Orthodox nuns walk to prayer in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century. They are to commemorate the day at the hillside monument in central Kiev to Saint Volodymyr, the prince who enacted the adoption of Christianity. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims have reached the center of Ukraine's capital to finish their procession to the city's most revered monastery after their march was disrupted on Tuesday.

The procession by Ukrainian adherents of Russian Orthodoxy was prevented from entering the city on Tuesday after Ukraine's interior minister said grenades had been planted along the route. The believers completed their journey in buses Wednesday.

Ukrainian nationalists had blocked the procession from entering the city on Monday, pelting marchers with eggs and denouncing them as "agents of Moscow."

The Orthodox Christian faithful in Ukraine are divided between one church which is part of the Russian Orthodox Church and a splinter church under a Ukrainian leader.