Läs och lär här hela och nedan ett utdrag ur Sergey Chapnins artikel:
"The Russian Orthodox Church has supported Russia's aggression against Ukraine - everyone knows this today. For some time, hierarchs and church diplomats still tried to say that this was not true – there had not been and would not be any direct statements to that effect. But let's leave their awkward attempts to vindicate themselves on their conscience. Over the ten months of the war, enough has been said and done not only to understand the position of the Russian Orthodox Church, but also to look further into the complicity of the clergy in war crimes. The key point is the use of pseudo-theological arguments to justify Russian aggression and the genocide of the Ukrainians.
In my opinion, what has been happening in recent months most closely resembles an attempt at suicide by the Russian Orthodox Church. It is inconceivable that in the foreseeable future the ROC will remain as it has been for the past 30 or even 80 years – from the day Stalin decided to end the era of persecution of the Church and allowed it to exist legally in the Soviet Union."
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy used a Christmas Eve video address to say that Ukrainians would create their own miracle this Christmas, by remaining unbowed, despite Russian attacks that have left millions without power.
Most Ukrainians are Orthodox Christians and mark Christmas in early January.
Speaking 10 months to the day since Russia invaded, Zelenskiy said that while freedom came at a high price, slavery would cost even more.Even in complete darkness, we will find each other to hug each other tightly. And if there is no heat, we will embrace each other for a long time to warm one another.
We will smile and be happy, as always. There is one difference – we will not wait for a miracle, since we are creating it ourselves.”
Referring to Russian strikes on the recently liberated city of Kherson that killed at least 10 on Saturday, Zelenskiy described Russia as a “terrorist country." The world must see and understand what absolute evil we are fighting against.”
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