Some Ukrainians move Christmas to detach again from Russia


              Ukrainian army medics Eugenia and Oleksander embrace after their wedding ceremony in Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Libkos)
            
              Ukrainian army medics Eugenia and Oleksander, left, exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Libkos)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians. Not this year, or at least not all of them. Some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, accompanied by the head of the Ukrainian Church Metropolitan Epiphanius, right, visits the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral) in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21, 2021. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians, but some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas of 2022 on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
            
              Ukrainian priest Rostyslav Korchak speaks during a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I lays flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21, 2021. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians, but some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas of 2022 on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
            
              A woman attends a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainian army medics Eugenia and Oleksander, left, exchange rings during their wedding ceremony in Lyman, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Libkos)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians. Not this year, or at least not all of them. Some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Ukrainians attend a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center, accompanied by the head of the Ukrainian Church Metropolitan Epiphanius, right, visits the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral) in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21, 2021. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians, but some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas of 2022 on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
            
              Ukrainian priest Rostyslav Korchak speaks during a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25.(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              FILE - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I lays flowers at the Memorial Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in Russian-Ukrainian War in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Aug. 21, 2021. Ukrainians usually celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, as do Russians, but some Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to observe Christmas of 2022 on Dec. 25, like many Christians around the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
            
              A woman attends a Christmas mass at an Orthodox Church in Bobrytsia, outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022. Sunday began with the sound of sirens, but that didn't prevent people from gathering in the church and attend for the first time a Christmas mass on Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
            
              Relatives of soldiers from the Azov Regiment, who were captured by Russia in May after the fall of Mariupol, sit at the Christmas table in a flashmob action under the Christmas tree demanding to free the prisoners, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Municipal workers set a Christmas tree to decorate a square for Christmas and the New Year festivities in Mariupol, in Russian-controlled Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              People walk past a Christmas tree decorated for Christmas and the New Year festivities in Mariupol, in Russian-controlled Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo)
            
              Members of the Kyiv Opera Theater perform the "Christmas in Shelter" concert, on a stage underground in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
            
              Relatives of soldiers from the Azov Regiment, who were captured by Russia in May after the fall of Mariupol, demand to free them at a flashmob action near St.Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. Writing on posters reads "221 days in captivity". (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
            
              Local people buy and sell food ahead of Christmas and the New Year festivities in Mariupol, in Russian-controlled Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
            
              An artist dressed as a Cossack holds his guitar after performance for Ukraine's National Guard soldiers to mark Christmas at their position close to the Russian border near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
            
              A group of artists perform for Ukraine's National Guard soldiers to mark Christmas at their positions close to the Russian border near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
            
              A chaplain blesses Ukraine's National Guard soldiers to mark Christmas at their positions close to the Russian border near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24 2022. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
            
              A chaplain blesses a soldier to mark Christmas at Ukraine's National Guard position close to the Russian border near Kharkiv, Ukraine, Saturday Dec. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
            Fellow-in-arms of soldiers from the Azov Regiment, who were captured by Russia in May after the fall of Mariupol, demand to free them at a prison-style Christmas table during a flashmob action in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. Relatives of Azove soldiers hold posters reading "Bring Azove back". (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Some Ukrainians move Christmas to detach again from Russia