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The Daily BeastMay 27, 2023
Hackers Force Putin's Holy Man to ‘Bless' Ukraine's Counteroffensive
via Telegram Russians visiting an official website of the Russian Orthodox Church this weekend were greeted with what must have been a jarring message: Vladimir Putin's top holy man, Patriarch Kirill, cheering on Ukraine's counteroffensive.

The main page of the official website for Patriarch Kirill's residence in Peredelkino near Moscow was hacked to show a message to visitors that read, "Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia blesses the Ukrainian Armed Forces' counter-offensive."

A video of Ukrainian troops preparing to "take back what's theirs" was still playing on the website as of Saturday night. The video, released by Ukraine's Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhny, was widely seen as heralding the start of a large-scale counteroffensive to take back territories currently under Russian occupation.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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