Putin’s High Priest Says Nuclear Weapons Are ‘Divine Windfall’

The top of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has mentioned that his nation’s nuclear weapons saved the nation.

Kirill, who has justified Russian President Vladimir Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine in February 2022 on religious and ideological grounds, made the remarks on October 18 as he offered a Church honor to physicist Radiy Ilkaev, an honorary scientific director of Russia’s Federal Nuclear Middle within the city of Sarov.

There have been rising fears all through Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine that Russia might use nuclear weapons. Many concern that Ukraine retaking Crimea could be a crimson line for Russia and that Putin might use his nation’s nuclear capabilities to defend the territory that he annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Russia’s nuclear weapons had been created below “ineffable divine windfall,” Kirill mentioned.

“Had been it not for the work of [Soviet atomic bomb creator Igor] Kurchatov and his colleagues, it’s troublesome to say if our nation would nonetheless exist,” he mentioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Moscow on February 8, 2012. Kirill has mentioned that Russia’s nuclear weapons “saved” the nation.

Soviet scientists “created weapons below the safety of St. Seraphim of Sarov as a result of, by the ineffable windfall of God, these weapons had been created within the monastery of St. Seraphim,” Kirill mentioned. “Due to this energy, Russia has remained unbiased and free, and, in fact, we should all cherish this exceptional feat of our scientists, who virtually saved the nation, in our hearts and reminiscences.”

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Final month, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Putin’s ally, proposed testing nuclear weapons at Russia’s nuclear take a look at web site in Novaya Zemlya, an Arctic Ocean archipelago, “not less than as soon as” to scare the West.

Moscow has not carried out a nuclear take a look at since earlier than the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union final carried out a nuclear weapons take a look at in 1990.

The Soviet Union carried out its first nuclear take a look at, an underwater explosion, at Novaya Zemlya in 1955. Till 1990, a complete of 130 exams had been carried out on the web site, together with the October 1961 detonation of the most important nuclear weapon ever examined, the 50MT AN602 Tsar Bomba hydrogen bomb, in line with the non-profit group Nuclear Risk Initiative.

Kirill has justified Putin’s choice to invade Ukraine by saying Russia is a “peace-loving energy” that doesn’t interact in “navy adventures.”

In June 2022, he mentioned that Russia was being attacked everywhere in the world due to emotions of jealousy, envy and indignation, including that he believed this was taking place as a result of Russia is “completely different.”

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