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Russian Orthodox leader decries violence in Ukraine

May 06, 2014

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has condemned the use of force in eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainian government is battling pro-Russian separatists.

“Responsibility for these events now rests primarily with those who use violence instead of dialogue,” said Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, according to an Interfax news agency report..

“We are especially concerned about the use of heavy military equipment in the civil conflict,” he added. “The reason for the use of force is often political radicalism and denial of citizens’ right to express their convictions.”


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - May. 07, 2014 1:19 AM ET USA

    There'd be no need for force if Patriarch Kiril's friend, Vladimir Putin, were not fomenting armed militias to enter Ukraine and stir up trouble. Putin wants to partition Ukraine under the guise that the Ukrainian government is endangering Russians, a lie! Isn't Kiril the same person who advised Ukrainians not to resist invasion of their country: "Resistance is futile; prepare to be taken over!" The ROC has always been perfidious: in league with the atheistic Communists and now with Putin.