Taking place over the past period of time events in Ukraine has not shared Russians and Ukrainians living abroad, said on Thursday the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the 5th world Congress of compatriots, speaking about contemporary Church life in the emigration.
"Everything that happens today, this tragic, serious in the relations of fraternal peoples in the former Soviet Union, - I in the 1st turn mean the Ukrainian tragedy, - All this has not fundamentally changed the nature of the parish life of our people abroad. Where were Russians and Ukrainians, There they are together and continue to be, " said the Patriarch.
according to his statement, to reduce the Church today directed the efforts of the extreme nationalist forces in Ukraine, and that not unintentionally." Because a clear understanding of these forces: as long as there is a common spiritual space, no sovereignty, no borders, no economic contradictions would not be able to destroy this inner, spiritual unity of people ", - said the Patriarch.
The head of the ROC expressed the view that extreme nationalism today is " the most, has the ability to be a terrible threat to the entire Russian world ".
According to the Patriarch, to confront all threats to Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians and other sister Nations have an opportunity only United." All centuries-old history of our Motherland testifies about the fact that the ability to overcome divisions, consolidation in the face of external and internal challenges has always been and is one of the most important, defining qualities of our people, " added Cyril.
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which since September of last year had already taken 3 of the document, regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict.