Apr 26 2022

This year marks the

36th Anniversary of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster

Besides events in Ukraine and around the world planned to remember this tragic event, there are events planned for Manitoba on 26 April 2021. Among them...

A moment of reflection and prayer at 5:23:58 pm online [HERE]* - the very time in Winnipeg, 35 years ago, when an explosion occurred in Reactor No. 4 at Chernobyl near Kyiv, Ukraine.

Besides the tragic loss of many lives in the days immediately following the disaster, there is much more to reflect upon when remembering Chernobyl. There are lessons to be learned, else we are doomed to see more such tragedies. There are the shortened lives and compromised health of millions of innocent victims over an area of some 160 million square kilometres. They trusted their leaders - or had no choice in the matter. It was a government that was ultimately incompetent and heartless. It cared about promoting its socialist ideology and agenda above truth and reality. The government remained silent trying to hide the horror that it allowed to happen - risking the lives of millions of citizens in Ukraine and other countries of the Soviet Union as well beyond its iron curtain. Chernobyl is not a single disaster it is the result of and a judgement upon a totalitarian government that began in terror and continued to erode until it imploded with a tragedy that the world will never forget.

Let us come together to pray, yes, for the countless victims that suffered as a result of the nuclear disaster, but let us also pray that ideologue governments throughout the world that would push their agenda to the detriment of their people will also not be tolerated and called out before it's too late, again.


* The moleben' will be held at Holy Eucharist Parish Church, Winnipeg

To acknowledge this solemn occasion, UCC-MPC will be releasing an informative YouTube video on the UCC-MPC YouTube Channel (or search YouTube for Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Manitoba Prov Council) available for viewing after 7:00 p.m. April 26, 2021.

The program will include:

Visual imagery by University of Manitoba Professor, David McMillan, photographed on 20 separate visits to Chornobyl. "Chornobyl: From Reactor to Reaction" a short presentation of facts by researcher Yuliia Ivaniuk of the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba. Interview with Fr. Aleksandr Harkavyi, a current resident of Winnipeg who was present in Ukraine during the time of the explosion. Ukrainian Metropolitans - His Grace Lawrence (Huculak, UGCC) and His Eminence Yurij (Kalistchuk, UOCC) will lead a Panakhyda, prayer service for the families of Ukraine that suffered the aftermath of the Chornobyl disaster.

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