Patriarch of the UGCC: the reasons for this war lie in Russia itself and its very essence
The Patriarch of the UGCC said this in his video message on the 112th day of the war.
"The gift of the Holy Spirit - the reason - is crucial for those who are trying to understand the causes and consequences of this full-scale Russian aggression. We see that today the whole world is trying to deceive, indulging in wishful thinking. We see and know, having experienced firsthand here in Ukraine, that Russia's aggression against Ukraine is unprovoked. Anyone who thinks that some external reason provoked Russia to military aggression is either being held captive by Kremlin propaganda or deliberately deceiving the world," the First Hierarch said.
The head of the UGCC stressed that post-Soviet revanchism today appeared in the guise of extreme Russian nationalism, in the form of the Russian World ideology and gained clearly genocidal signs.
"Ukraine is its first victim. That is why it is so important today to understand the causes and consequences of this war. Unfortunately, the reasons for this war lie in Russia itself, its essence. The Russian aggressor is trying to solve its internal problems with the help of external aggression, projects its diseases on others and blames the whole world for them," he stressed.
"Therefore, today we pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit for politicians, diplomats, and church religious figures so that the Lord God will give them this gift of reason, the ability to distinguish causes and consequences, the ability to see the depth of reality and distinguish the truth from inspired lies and falsehoods," the UGCC Patriarch added.
As reported, Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church stated that Russia "never attacked anyone."