Among the many reasons given by President Putin and Patriarch Kirill, the secular and spiritual heads of the Russian Federation, for waging a totally unnecessary yet exceedingly cruel war against Ukraine is that Ukraine is allegedly a front for the corrupt and voracious West which aims to partition Russia. These two and their retinue claim that their synthesis of holiness and moral superiority is destined to cleanse the world of decadence.
Mojzes, Paul B.
"Russia’s False Claims to Holiness and Spiritual Superiority,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 43
, Article 2.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol43/iss2/2