“With the help of God, we will win this battle,” says Ukrainian church leaders.


St. Michael's Abbey in Kiev

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“I call on everyone to protect Ukraine from Russia Invasion.. I call on you to fight for the Ukrainian nation, to support the army … together we can stand. With the help of God, we will win this battle. ” statement It was posted on the church website on Tuesday.

Orthodox Church of Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union Split Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Between the Patriarch of Moscow (UOC-MP) under the authority of the Patriarch of Moscow and the faction he was looking for Complete independenceAchieved 2019 with the creation of OCU. The Russian Orthodox Church, which has ruled the Ukrainian Church since the 17th century, does not recognize the independence of OCU.

according to data Since 2021, almost three-quarters of Ukrainians have identified it as Orthodox. Of these, 25% belong to UOC-MP and 58% belong to OCU. An additional 12% identify it as “Orthodox.”

“Ukraine is proud of its pagan and ethnic peace. The Kremlin’s attempts to fuel opposition over the years have failed,” Epifanius said as a member of the OCU and a member of Russia. And urged not to be involved in violence against property. Lined up church. Such a “provocation” is “For the benefit of the invaders.”

Epifanius also urged members of the UOC-MP in Russia to “do not wait until your leaders have the courage to break the silence.” Instead, they should speak personally and “say something to protect Ukraine, to protect peace,” to show the “invaders” that “you are not waiting for him.” He said.

Epifanius and OCU repetition talked I opposed the Russian invasion, but until very recently there was no commentary on the crisis on the UOC-MP website. ” [UOC-MP] We consistently support and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity … War is a serious sin before God. ” Said Metropolitan Onufrey leading UOC-MP on Tuesday.

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