The heads of churches and religious organizations in Ukraine addressed the President of the Russian Federation regarding the events in Donbas. The appeal was sent to the President of the Russian Federation on February 23, 2022. This is reported by the site vrciro.org.ua.
“We authoritatively and unanimously testify that the Ukrainian people do not seek war, and we consider it the common duty of believers to stop it before it’s too late,” the message says. – The commandment of the Almighty “Thou shalt not kill” determines the absolute value of human life and God’s severe punishment for the murderer. Aggressive war is a great crime against the Almighty. In the name of saving the lives of the Ukrainian and Russian military, civilian Ukrainians, true believers must do everything to stop the bloodshed.”
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations calls on the President of Russia for peacemaking dialogue as “the only pious way to correct mutual difficulties and contradictions.”
“The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations is ready to contribute to such a dialogue and is ready to make all the necessary efforts to find ways that could lead to a decrease in tension between our countries and help restore peace, prevent the possibility of developing new large-scale conflicts, maintain mutual understanding and cooperation between people all over the world,” the religious figures of Ukraine offer in their appeal.
It is noted that “today we pray to the Creator of the Universe with a special request for wisdom for those who are authorized to make decisions so significant for the whole world, in whose hands the fate of mankind turned out to be. This applies primarily to you, Mr. President of the Russian Federation. This prayer of ours is full of hope for the generosity of the Almighty and the openness of the heart that accepts grace.”