UGCC Head expressed his condolences to the victims of air crash in Donetsk region

July 18, 2014

On behalf of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav expressed condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the shot down plane in the Donetsk region and urged the international community to do everything possible to stop armed aggression against Ukraine.

In his condolences, Patriarch Svyatoslav stated that the innocent lives of citizens from different nations, joined hundreds of victims of the military aggression against Ukraine. This tragedy has once again shown that the evil, which in recent months has been tearing the body of Ukraine, represents a real threat to peace and security throughout the world.

Sympathizing with the great pain caused by the crime, Patriarch Svyatoslav expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved, assuring them of our prayers and closeness to them in their grief that has become our grief too.

"Merciful God, receive in your arms the souls of innocent victims, shelter them in the abodes of the righteous, and make them worthy of eternal peace and bliss. The whole Church prays for the eternal repose of innocent victims. We remain in prayerful communion with the families of those who suffered loss and were affected by this tragedy. We call on the entire international community to do everything possible to stop armed aggression against Ukraine, restore peace and prevent similar tragedies in the future. We are asking the Merciful God for the gift of lasting peace for Ukraine and the whole world,” prayed Patriarch Svyatoslav.

Information Department of the UGCC


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