The head of the Russian Orthodox Church urged Russians not to fear death after around 300,000 reservists were called up to fight in Ukraine.
“Go bravely to fulfill your military duty. And remember, if you give your life for your country, you will be with God in his kingdom, glory and eternal life,” Patriarch Kirill, a staunch ally of President Vladimir Putin, said in a sermon at the Zachatyevsky Monastery in Moscow on Wednesday.
Kirill, who justified the invasion of Ukraine by stating that historically Russians and Ukrainians were one people, said in his sermon that a person of “true faith” is not afraid of death.
According to the minister, a person becomes “invincible” when they stop fearing death.
“It is the fear of death that drives a warrior from the field of battle, that causes the weak to betray, and sets brother against brother. But true faith destroys the fear of death,” Kirill preached after a liturgy celebrating the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.
In his remarks to the assembly, Kirill also urged the Russians not to consider Ukrainians their enemies.
“We know what kind of danger looms over the Ukrainian people,” the religious leader said, claiming that attempts are being made to turn Ukraine into an anti-Russian nation.
“We must pray today that God will strengthen brotherly feelings between the nations of Saint Rus’,” Kirill preached.
Kirill delivered his remarks just hours after the Russian president announced a partial military mobilization – Russia’s largest conscription since World War II – following a series of devastating military setbacks in Ukraine seven months into the invasion.
Putin’s address to the nation sparked anti-war protests in 38 cities and sent airfare prices from Moscow skyrocketing to over $5,000 one-way as military-age Russian men fled for their lives.
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