Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow Patriarch Cyril (Gundyaev) has never publicly expressed sympathy for the Ukrainian people. At the same time, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church regularly condoles over people dying in many other countries.
The Spiritual Front of Ukraine’s journalists came to such a conclusion after analyzing the contents of the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Thus, the search phrase “patriarch’s condolences” opens up 24 reports of Cyril expressing condolences over various tragic events. Among the latter was the recent explosion in the center of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, as well as a fire in a temple in the capital of Egypt, Cairo.
At the same time, Ukrainian civilians who fell victim to Russian shelling in Vinnytsia and Kremenchuk or Ukrainian POWs who were killed en masse in a penitentiary facility in Olenivka were never addressed in such condolences.
At the same time, the Russian Orthodox Church retains its concern over the fate of its Ukrainian branch – the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine – while messing with the minds of Ukrainians deported to the Russian Federation from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.