Russian President Vladimir Putin in Novo-Ogarevo met with the families of military personnel who died during a special military operation in Ukraine, according to the Kremlin’s official website. The head of state congratulated the guests on Christmas. According to him, this holiday is a vivid expression of the fraternal unity of the peoples of the Russian Federation.
It can be said without any exaggeration that this is a holiday that is characterized by a pronounced fraternal unity of the people of Russia. I congratulate you all,” Putin said.
He also emphasized that although Orthodox Christians make up the majority of the Russian population, representatives of other faiths also congratulate them, and Orthodox Christians, in turn, send warm wishes to adherents of other religions on their holidays.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia also congratulated the Orthodox on Christmas. He wished them illumination in life with the “warming and transforming light of Christ’s truth,” and not with the “cold light of smartphones and tablets.” The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church also called on people to act by divine commandments and do good deeds.
Earlier, the mayor of Belgorod, Valentin Demidov, reported that night Christmas services in churches in the city were canceled after shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. According to him, the authorities made this decision in agreement with the Belgorod Metropolis of the Russian Orthodox Church.