A new stage of war escalation is unfolding before our eyes: the Head of the UGCC in the 66th week of the war

May 22, 2023, 09:00 93

Sadly, the war is ongoing, and we are witnessing a new escalation stage. According to international organizations, about 18 million people in Ukraine today need emergency humanitarian assistance. His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said this on the 66th week of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine.

A new stage of war escalation is unfolding before our eyes: the Head of the UGCC in the 66th week of the war

The Primate noted that in recent days, the number of overnight missile strikes on the homeland, particularly in Kyiv, has increased dramatically.

“We believe your voice will save hundreds of civilian lives. But let the world know that Ukraine is standing, Ukraine is fighting, Ukraine is praying!” the spiritual leader emphasized.

He noted that the 94th session of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC was held at the Marian Center “Zarvanytsia” these days. At this synodal meeting, the members of the Synod reviewed, in particular, the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

According to the head of the Synod, the problems will only increase in the coming months. “First, the need to help people with food is increasing. And we are putting in our efforts to feed the hungry and give water to the thirsty,” said the Primate.

According to him, the second major humanitarian problem is children as the most vulnerable social group. Today, thousands of children have stopped studying and have no opportunity to continue their school education. Therefore, it can become a tremendous humanitarian problem.

The Head of the UGCC also thanked the Holy Father Francis for his willingness to support a peaceful plan to resolve the enormous Ukrainian problem during a meeting with our President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“The ten-point peace plan that Ukraine is offering today is, in fact, ten types of humanitarian or other crises that require an immediate response. Therefore, the peace plan of our President is ten elements necessary for the survival of the Ukrainian people, ranging from security issues to meeting the basic needs of our people,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

The Primate reminded that the UGCC is the Mother Church of its people. “She has always been and will be with her people, serving as their voice before the powerful of this world, feeding her people, healing their wounds, doing everything possible so that they can live — live in God, live life to the fullest,” the spiritual leader said.

The UGCC Department for Information

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