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Russia’s Christian peacekeeping mission to save Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin spoke to his countrymen in a special televised address on the day (Feb 24) Mother Russia sent her “peacekeepers” to Ukraine.

Hope and Christian charity

Putin explained that as compassionate Christians, they had no choice but to save their neighbour by sending the Russian peacekeeping troops to Ukraine.

He said “one cannot look at what is happening there [in Donbas, Ukraine] without compassion. It was simply impossible to endure all this”.

“It was necessary to immediately stop this nightmare: the genocide against the millions of people living there, who rely only on Russia, hope only on us,” Putin said.

Read full transcript of Putin’s ‘peacekeepers’ speech here.

Putin said Russia’s ”special military operation” is being conducted to save the Russian-speaking people living in Donetsk and Luhansk, and as we’re learning from the breaking news despatches, apparently those living in Kiev too.

According to Putin, the goal of Russian peacekeepers sent to the Donbas – a neighbouring region on Russia’s border (map below) – “is to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years”.

Note: The separatist uprising by Ukraine‘s Russian-speaking ethnic minority in the Donbas, i.e. Donetsk and Luhansk, against the Kiev government began in 2014 (eight years ago)

Putin emphasized that “all responsibility for possible bloodshed will be entirely on the conscience of the regime ruling on the territory of Ukraine”, adding too his firm belief that “justice and truth … is on our side”.

Love thy neighbour

Earlier this week on Monday (Feb 21), Putin had voiced his repeatedly made claim, saying four million people in the Donbas were facing genocide and thus making the Russian intervention a humanitarian mission.


However, readers may have difficulty accessing the Kremlin website at the present time — see The Independent’s report.

Putin also called out the United States and its Nato allies for their hypocrisy about the West’s supposed non aggression.

He said “they carried out a bloody military operation against Belgrade, using aircraft and missiles right in the very centre of Europe. Several weeks of continuous bombing of civilian cities, on life-supporting infrastructure”.

Putin is referring above to Nato’s carpet bombing of Belgrade, the Serbian capital, in 1999.

Serbia is a close ally of Russia. Both countries are orthodox Christian.

BELOW: Putin at the heart of Christian revival in post-Soviet era

Blessed are the peacemakers

Putin is a devout orthodox Christian who wears his treasured baptismal cross around his neck.

And the Russia President now “wants to rebuild Christendom”, speculated an article titled ‘Putin’s spiritual destiny’ published in Unherd on Feb 24.

“Since he became President, Putin has cast himself as the true defender of Christians throughout the world, the leader of the Third Rome,” writes Unherd’s Giles Fraser.

(Note: The city of Constantinople is called the ‘Second Rome’ and was the heart of eastern Christendom until its conquest by the Turks. The Byzantine empire was the eastern half of the Roman empire, which survived after the western half had crumbled. Constantinople was the capital of the Roman empire from 330 CE onwards and continued to serve as capital for its inheritor Byzantine empire. The heart of western or Latin Christian civilization was the city of Rome.)

”When the Byzantine empire fell, the Russians saw themselves as its natural successor. They were a ‘third Rome’,” wrote Fraser.

”Back in 2019, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, boasted that they were building three churches a day. Last year, they opened a Cathedral to the Armed Forces an hour outside Moscow. Religious imagery merges with military glorification,” noted Fraser writing further about the Christian resurgence in Russia.

Thousands of churches have been built and re-built in recent decades as Russia is no longer an atheist country as the defunct USSR once was.

BELOW: Putin with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church

Russians, Ukrainians are Christian brothers 

President Putin, in his landmark speech on Feb 21 said: “Since time immemorial, the people living in the south-west of what has historically been Russian land [eastern Ukraine] have called themselves Russians and Orthodox Christians”.

Putin made it a point to highlight the orthodox religion practised by most Ukrainians and stressing their shared faith with the Russians.

Until a couple of years ago, Christians in Ukraine had looked to the Russian Orthodox Church much like how Roman Catholics in Malaysia and around the world look to the Vatican.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate used to be under the spiritual authority of the Russian Patriarch Kirill.

However a second church, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, was created by Kiev in December 2018 and broke away from Moscow in January 2019. See article ‘Why church conflict in Ukraine reflects historic Russian-Ukrainian tensions’ (The Conversation, 7 Feb 2022).

The status of these two churches is a source of controversy between Russia and Ukraine.

Some observers see Putin’s interest in Kiev as motivated by the city’s history as the mother church which birthed Russian orthodox Christianity.

See article ‘Russia’s assault on Ukraine has a Crusader element’ in Esquire magazine (24 Feb 2022), tweeted above.

In his 12 July 2021 essay ‘On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians’, Putin brought up the fact that Prince Vladimir the Great had been baptized in the year 988 CE.

The pagan grand prince converted to Christianity when he married princess Anne, the sister of Basil II, the emperor of the Byzantium.

Prince Vladimir of Kievan Rus (a historical Slavic state founded in 879 CE, today Ukraine) is credited with Christianising Russia.

ABOVE: Putin in Moscow on 28 July 2018 at a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir

Kiev is in fact hundreds of years older than Moscow. The importance of the Ukrainian capital to Putin is religious as much as it is political.

“I think the president of the Russian Federation is making it a religious war,” commented Archbishop Daniel, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA two days ago.



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2 thoughts on “Russia’s Christian peacekeeping mission to save Ukraine

  1. Let’s not forget that Putin helped/is helping Syrians from certain destruction at the hands of the West in 2015 up till today. The Quran surah Al Maidah specified that there will be a Christian people who will offer the Muslims friendship & affection – those Christians who are not arrogant & who maintains their monastic way of life. A clear reference to the Orthodoxy, of which Putin subscribes to. To judge a person by his words AND actions, look at the way this “Special Military Operation” is being conducted – no intentional destruction of civilian lives or property, allowing enemy fighters who lay down their weapons to surrender, ensuring minimal loss of lives (only 138 reporred deaths given the scale of the operation across vast territories), allowing the enemy a chance to negotiate. Now compare this with the Isreali indiscriminate bombardment Gaza, or the US massacre of retreating Iraqi soldiers from Kuwait in 1991, carpet bombing Fallujah in 2003, the Napalm deforestation of Vietnam, carpet bombing of Tripoli, etc. The Russian military operation in comparison, sets a new standard by which war can be conducted as humane as it could be. I am not saying the war is justifiable in international Law, but Nato (and its countless wars) exists outside of international law, and the Russian grievances have not been taken seriously until yesterday. Zelensky made a grave mistake by openly threatening to build nuclear weapons, and believing, naively, that his Nato “friends” will come to his aid in his hour of need. The late Gaddafi also naively trusted his newfound European “friends” – he was a gentleman who thought a handshake with them would mean something when he decided to give up his WMDs that would have been his shield against the barbarism they unleashed on him. The Russian “Denazification” of Ukraine spells the end of Zelensky’s government and at some point in time he will face a Russian tribunal for the genocide of Donbass.

  2. can i say islam and muslim not that diff with christianity and christian? just take a diff time and space, both do exactly the same.

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