Ukrainian soldiers inspect trenches used by Russian soldiers during the occupation of villages on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, April 1, 2022.

The war in Ukraine is also about religion

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given various reasons to justify his decision to order an attack on Ukraine. But one thing he talked about early on was religion.

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Ukrainian soldiers inspect trenches used by Russian soldiers during the occupation of villages on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, April 1, 2022.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has given various reasons to justify his decision to order an attack on Ukraine. But one thing he talked about early on was religion. Putin suggested that Orthodox Christians in Ukraine were under threat and needed protection. Putin is also getting steady support from Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Kirill has said that this war is necessary and a fight of good against evil. How do religion and nationalism play a role in this conflict? This special podcast episode is part of The World’s “Sacred Nation” reporting project.