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Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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Appeal to Faith Leaders From the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine 

KYIV, UKRAINE—An appeal has been made by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine to all major faith groups across Europe and the United States to make representations to the embassies or missions of the Russian Federation to agree to a meaningful ceasefire, ahead of renewed military operations across Ukraine by Russian troops.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine said:

“I directly appeal to all faith leaders from the Christian faith, Judaism, Islam, Hindus, Buddhists, to understand the barbarity of what is taking place across Ukraine. Russian troops are openly attacking civilians, and despite attempts in diplomatic circles to implement corridors for safe passage for families to move away from conflict zones, these have been denied by Moscow. We seek from all major faith leaders in all capitals across Europe and the United States to send representations to the Ambassadors of the Russian Federation to seek an immediate ceasefire and have humanitarian corridors implemented.”

His Eminence Archbishop Yevstratiy Zoria of Chernihiv, spokesman for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, said:

“President Putin has made a great deal of his affinity towards Orthodox Christianity with public demonstrations of his apparent faith in God. We have now entered Lent which should mean repentance, to which each Christian must follow every year in order to refresh their understanding of their faith. Instead, we see a sustained campaign of destruction and death by Russian forces in Ukraine, which is absolutely against the teachings of Christ and the Orthodox Church.”

The archbishop also received intelligence on the possibility of an aerial attack on Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, the headquarters of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

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Notes to Editors:

About the Orthodox Church of Ukraine:

  • The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is headquartered in the Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv

  • 60% of the population of Ukraine are members of the Church

  • The Church gained its independence from Moscow on 5 January 2019 when it established its autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul.

  • His Beatitude Metropolitan Epiphanius of Kyiv and All Ukraine is the primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, holding the title of Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine.

  • His Eminence Archbishop Yevstratiy Zoria of Chernihiv is the official spokesperson for the Church and is the Archbishop for Chernihiv and the surrounding geographic areas.