As Russia increasingly seeks to readjust Invasion of Ukraine like a holy war, Vladimir Putin was declared the chosen one to defeat the “antichrist” and Russian priest were deployed to the front lines to strengthen the morale of soldiers they called “soldiers of Christ”.
But a Russian priest inadvertently revealed the Kremlin’s true attitude to the military by baptizing them in body bags this week.
Viktor Ivanov, a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ufa, detailed his excursions into the so-called “special military operations” area on social media, sharing photos A photo of a christening is likely to be an uplifting PR effort but more like a vote of no confidence.
While visiting Russian positions on the front lines, he wrote, “A strong man approached. … Humbly, as if embarrassed, he looked at me and timidly asked: “Father, our warrior wants to be baptized. Can that be done? ‘”
Ivanov said he took action after realizing there might not be another chance to perform the christening, asking the military to search for a basin to fill with water.
But “not a single basin was found,” he said. Instead, the military found him in polyethylene bags – black bags used to hold dead bodies. And then the “long-awaited” baptism was possible and the soldier’s eyes lit up as he noted the “major event,” Ivanov wrote.
Sure enough, “the black polyethylene bags used as baptismal vessels were intended to carry 200 cargoes,” he said, using a military codeword for the bodies of soldiers killed in action. But “this baptism has its own symbol.”
The miraculous baptism happened like Patriarch Kirillhead of Russia’s Orthodox Church, boosted his support for the fight on Tuesday by declaring Putin the chosen man to fight the “anti-Christ”.
In one speech ahead of the 24th Congress of the World Council of Peoples of Russia, Putin’s saint argued that there are “many” signs that the “doomsday” is near – and that the Russian leader is the only one who has could prevent that, a fact that would make other world leaders jealous.
“The example of Russia as a contemporary nation with a developed science, technology and education, headed by a president who openly professes his faith leaves many in the West questioning themselves. ,“why not with us? “” he said. .
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is not the only one trying to rewrite the Kremlin’s narrative of the war. Although Moscow spent the first few months following the full-scale invasion claiming that Russian troops had been sent to stop “Nazi” and “de-Nazi” Ukraine, that version largely failed to attract public attention as more and more reports emerged. Holocaust survivors were driven from their homes or bombed by the Russian military itself said to be fighting the “Nazis”.
Putin’s repeated claims that the war is necessary to prevent NATO expansion has also failed, as even some pro-Kremlin military bloggers have noted that Moscow’s aggression has been leading to NATO strengthening and adding new members.
Now, according to a rather nonsensical article written by a Russian official this week, the Kremlin’s newly stated goal appears to be to “de-satellite” Ukraine.
Alexei Pavlov, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, declare in a selection in Arguments and facts reported that as the war dragged on, there was “more and more” evidence of religions in Ukraine.
Curiously, he goes on to argue that the Ukrainian leaders who came to power after the Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanokovych was ousted in 2014 were tasked by the West to “recalibrate” citizens’ brains. Ukraine using mysterious “psychological technology”.
The guidebook, titled “What to Cook in the ‘Wizard Cauldron.’ Neo-pagan sects are gaining strength in Ukraine,” ending with the statement: “I believe that with the continuation of the special military operation, the implementation of the Ukrainian Prussianization of Ukraine becomes more and more urgent. than. ”