Today, not only has Patriarch Kyrill revisited this dubious unity of the ‘brotherhood of Russian peoples’, but he has uttered not a word of support to the Ukrainian people who have gathered together in the icy cold and with great danger to life against a corrupt regime (starting with the son of Yanukovitch, who became a multibillionaire in a few months), engaged in beating the blood out of peaceful protesters. Rather, the Holy Synod has vigorously condemned ‘…civil tensions and revolution which cannot result in anything positive for the people’. From Moscow, the bishops have given no currency to the declaration of Metropolitan Wolodymyr, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), who has called on the Ukrainian government since the beginning of December, to take account of the indignation of the Ukrainian people. On the contrary, the bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate speak of a necessary reconciliation between ‘different ethnic and social groups’. This phrase testifies to the complete blindness of the Moscow Patriarchate, in that they fail to see that there is no ethnic tension in Euromaidan, but the profound desire of the Ukrainian population, attested to by all the polls, to belong to the great family of European nations that, in spite of all their weaknesses, base their laws on the defence of the dignity of every human person.
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