Patriarch Kirill Calls Russia’s War in Syria ‘Defensive’; Putin Attends Christmas Service

January 7, 2016
Screen grab from Rossiya 24 TV.

Patriarch of Moscow and All of Rus’ Kirill expressed support for Russia’s military operation in Syria, saying it was “defense of the Fatherland.”

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