Ukraine is a physical, visible battlefield in a spiritual struggle between a debauched, apostate, West led by the United States and a traditionalist Christian Russia
The Ukraine conflict is as much about beliefs and values as much as geopolitics. A spiritual dimension has to be taken into account to understand the root cause of the tensions between East and West.
When the Russian-speaking part of Ukraine do not want to give up its self-identity, it was first of all a spiritual choice. Russia is not only a country and geographical location, but a spiritual concept: Holy Russia. It’s a Christian orthodox civilization, also called Great Rus. It’s a spiritual unity between Kiev, Minsk and Moscow.
The Russian Orthodox Church has its roots in Kiev, where Prince Vladimir converted Russia to Christianity in 988, an event viewed as a cornerstone of Russian and Ukrainian identity. A year ago president Putin was in Kiev for the 1025th anniversary of Christianization of the Russian people: On this occasion he said:
"Spiritual unity is so strong that it is immune to any acts of authorities, either of a state or, I dare say, even of the Church. No matter what power the state may have over people, there is nothing stronger that the power of our Lord,"
It’s not only noteworthy, but crucial that Putin is placing God, a higher moral power, above the state. Furthermore, it explains why Russia is sensitive with Ukraine and not only because of a geopolitical expansion policy as Western politicians claim.
According to ex-secretary of the Odessa Diocese, rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Vorobyovy Gory in Moscow, Archpriest Andrey Novikov, The Russian Orthodox Church believes that Holy Russia has – and always had - a very important mission in this world, which is to live according to Christian values and protect Christianity:
“It is about identity and the moral code in law. Now we see the Western governments backing the Kiev regime trying to weaken the the Orthodox Christian culture with their anti-Christian value system like promoting same-sex relations and groups like Pussy Riot.”
Novikov believes that today Russia opposes "the elimination of Christian morals and creating a new type of a person based on antihuman foundations." "The Donetsk People's Republic is established on Orthodox principles, thus it causes fanatic hatred of the Western Ukraine." the priest said.
Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and Russia are expressing their shock at how America has now become the New Evil Empire, promoting abortion and privileges for perverts, with their aggressive pro-homosexual agenda, bullying African governments to legalize abortion and homosexuality, and sending generous aid to radical Middle Eastern governments which severely persecute the Christian Church.
There are people in the West that want to remove everything related to Christ from public view, just as the communists did during the Soviet enslavement of Russia.
In September 2013 Putin took part in the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club. On this occasion the president also mentioned the spiritual conflict between East and West:
“We can see how many of the Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilization. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual. They are implementing policies that equate large families with same-sex partnerships, and belief in God with the belief in Satan.”
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