Patriarch Kirill: Any desire to destroy Russia would mean end of the world

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, delivered a sermon to mark Orthodox Epiphany on Thursday in Moscow, saying that “any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world.”

“We pray to the Lord that he bring the madmen to reason and help them understand…” he said in a Moscow cathedral.

His remarks come after former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, warned NATO on Thursday that the defeat of Russia in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war.

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