"Everyone can believe or not believe - this is his personal choice,” Kirill said.

“But when the godlessness becomes a state ideology and as a result people are dying, [and] temples are destroyed - this is more than an ideology," he said.

According to Kirill, the Orthodox Church prays every day for militant atheism to recede and not to manifest itself through state power.

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He also said that he didn’t make any separation between believers in Russia and Ukraine.