Earlier, according to RIA Novosti, videos appeared in the media showing flocks of black birds circling over Kyiv.

“Who knows, maybe this is a response to state-sponsored blasphemy – the destruction of churches and the persecution of priests,” Polyansky wrote on Twitter.

On January 24, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine imposed sanctions on 22 Russian religious figures.

On December 2, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the Ukrainian government would ban the activities of religious organizations that Kyiv believes are affiliated with Russia.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that the Ukrainian authorities have openly become enemies of Christ and the Orthodox faith.