Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus spoke about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, expressing his regret for the current situation.
As reported by sigmalive.com, the Archbishop said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is making a huge mistake and does not care how many people will lose their lives.
“Putin may go to church, do penance, put his cross on, commune, but at the same time, he kills. Is this his orthodoxy?” he wondered.
The Archbishop stressed that the developments vindicated the Ecumenical Patriarch and himself for the performance and support of the Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine, rejecting that the issue created by the reactions was ecclesiastical.
“The brothers who said that the Ukrainian issue is theological and ecclesiastical were denied. It was revealed to be political,” he said.
Concerning the churches that supported Russia, he said that things are clear.
“Let’s not forget that half of Orthodoxy was under communism and unfortunately the Russians are still influencing them today,” he added.
Speaking of the surgery he underwent after a fracture in the arm, he said he has patience, faith, and courage. “I trust God, I believe in Him, in Him I have my hopes and I believe that I will be well,” he concluded.