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Head of the UGCC in the 106th week of the war: The world has witnessed Russia’s crime not only against Ukraine but also against its people

February 27, 2024, 10:45 66

The world has witnessed the aggressor’s crime not only against Ukraine but also against its people and army. This was stated by the Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on the 106th week of the great, bloody, sacrilegious war that the Russian aggressor brought to the Ukrainian land.

Head of the UGCC in the 106th week of the war: The world has witnessed Russia’s crime not only against Ukraine but also against its people

The Primate noted that this week will probably go down in the history of military art, the heroic struggle of Ukraine for its freedom under the sign of the Avdiivka tragedy.

“One of the Russian correspondents, a military propagandist, who witnessed commanders brutalizing their soldiers and ordering them en masse into Ukrainian positions, has tragically taken his own life. These ‘meat assaults’ represent an unprecedented disregard for the dignity of soldiers in wartime. The criminal Russian authorities remain silent on this matter, but the world is aware…”

Military experts say that such a number of casualties in just one tactical confrontation would be unacceptable for any other army. Instead, for Russians who want to achieve political goals by military means, the human life of even their own soldiers is worthless.

“But Ukraine stands, Ukraine fights, Ukraine prays! Ukraine is hurt, wounded, but not conquered!” the spiritual leader emphasizes.

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This week in the life of our nation and our Church, the Head of the Church noted, was a time of remembrance and prayer: “We remembered the tenth anniversary of the shootings of Ukrainians on the Maidan in Kyiv, the event known in the world as the Revolution of Dignity. Our Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred have set a high moral standard for the government, society, and all those who strive for good and freedom — a standard that generations of Ukrainians will look up to.”

We also remembered ten years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which began with the occupation of Crimea and Donbas. We remember and pray for our soldiers of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) and the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) who defended their homeland almost barehanded, unarmed. We commend the Heroes of the Ilovaisk Cauldron, Donetsk Airport, and those who reached the pinnacle of courage and love for the Motherland and whose ten years of struggle we have commemorated this week.

“The memory of February 24, the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion, resonates in our hearts with extreme pain. Once again, we saw the horrifying footage of the first bombing of Kyiv and its surroundings, the first atrocities committed by Russians against the civilian population of Ukraine, as well as clear images of the first Ukrainian Heroes who gave their lives without hesitation to save their homeland. We remember and prayed fervently,” said the Primate.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav expressed his gratitude to those who joined the worldwide, nationwide prayer standing on February 24, the Day of Prayer and Fasting, for a just peace and victory of Ukraine, responding to the call of the bishops of the UGCC Synod of Bishops.

The UGCC Department for Information

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