Head of Russian Orthodox church on EU sanctions list draft

Patriarch Kirill, who supports war in Ukraine, among dozens on draft document of travel bans and asset freezes

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The European Union plans to impose sanctions on the head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill, a long-serving Kremlin ally who has given his blessing to the war in Ukraine, according to a draft document seen by the Guardian.

Kirill, who used a sermon to support Russia’s “special peacekeeping operation” days after the invasion, now faces being added to the EU sanctions list, which already includes more than 1,000 powerful Russians, according to the draft.

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