Russia slams Ukrainian government as 'enemies of Christ' after raids on Orthodox churches

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On Thursday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban Russian affiliated branches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church while Ukrainian military continues raids on those churches.

According to Reuters, Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described Ukrainian leaders as “enemies of Christ and the Orthodox faith” and “satanists” for their treatment of members of the parishes.

“This is how the whole Christian world should treat them,” Medvedev, who currently serves as the deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russia added.

Of Ukraine’s 43 million people, Orthodox Christians are the majority religious group. The Russian Orthodox Church is the largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world. The Orthodox Church of Ukraine formed in 2019.

In his announcement, Zelensky said in a taped statement, “A meeting of the National Security Defense Council (NSDC) was held today. A meeting at which we examined numerous facts of the ties of certain religious circles in Ukraine with the aggressor state.”

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