Despite the splits in the country Christians across Ukraine have been celebrating a traditional Easter. Candlelight vigils, Easter baskets and blessings have been given at churches and cathedrals.
Pope Francis on led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Celebrations took place across the globe from Canada to Ukraine.
The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering from conflict around the world and in Britain.
Speaking later today from Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby will say: "In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands. In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered.
"In this country, even as the economy improves there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt. Asylum seekers weep with loneliness and missing far away families. Mary continues to weep across the world", he will say.
Delivering only his second Easter message since becoming head of the Church of England, the Most Rev Justin Welby will also praise the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the globe.
Christianity's holiest shrine was lit up with the flames of thousands of candles today as worshippers celebrated the holy fire ceremony, a key spiritual event in Orthodox Easter rites.
Some Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected at the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands in the Old City of Jerusalem
The source of the holy fire is a closely guarded secret but believers say the flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on the day before Easter to show Jesus has not forgotten his followers.
The ritual dates back at least 1,200 years.
Good Friday has been celebrated across the world today with events taking place from Paraguay to Germany to the UK.
Good Friday has been celebrated across the world today with events taking place from Paris to Jerusalem to Valencia.
Crowds gathered today to watch a Good Friday re-enactment of the Passion of Jesus in central London's Trafalgar Square.
Actors from the Wintershall Players, a troupe based in Surrey, played the parts of Jesus and the two robbers crucified alongside him, along with several Roman soldiers.
President Barack Obama kicked off the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The President was joined by his wife Michelle, daughters, Malia and Sasha, the Easter bunny and Robbie Novak aka 'Kid President'.
The tradition to invite public to the South lawn of the White House was started 135 years ago by then President Rutherford Hayes and his wife Lucy.
Barack Obama and his family have attended a special Easter service at St John's Episcopal Church in Washington. The first family walked from the White House to attend the service.
Easter Sunday represents a new beginning for Christians, but today had an even stronger sense of renewal for Anglicans and Catholics.
Both have new leaders just settling into their roles and it's today that their messages tend to reach the widest audience of the year.
Martha Fairlie reports on a warning from the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope's plea for peace.