The Metropolitan also addressed the believers and stated that the Ukrainian priests of the UOC-MP would like to pray on their knees for an end to the war.
Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Longin (Mikhail Zhar) turned to Patriarch Kirill (Vladimir Gundyaev). He reacted harshly to the barbaric shelling of the temples of the UOC-MP and the blessing of the massacres of Ukrainians.
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“Thank you” for your blessing. Because people die and blood is shed. Because you are bombing our churches and monasteries. Because our monks and priests are dying. Thank you, Your Holiness, for your “great and important” blessing on bloodshed,” Longin said, addressing Kirill.
The Metropolitan also addressed the believers and stated that the Ukrainian priests of the UOC-MP want to pray on their knees for an end to the war, and not to bless it. He promised that the guilty would be punished by God.
“Someone will be responsible for this shed blood, for mother’s tears, for children left orphans. You will be responsible, those who blessed the war and bloodshed. Understand, you will answer before God and before people for every mother’s tear, for every fresh grave… You will answer before God. There is no forgiveness for this. You hurt the entire Ukrainian Orthodox world. We caused us great pain. Do not look for excuses,” he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, during the full-scale war, 113 churches in Ukraine have already been destroyed or damaged by Russian shelling. Among them there are old ones that survived the Second World War, but did not survive the Russian occupation.
The Svyatogorsk Lavra was also subjected to shelling. Recently, the occupiers destroyed the ancient monastery of All Saints in the Svyatogorsk Lavra. Commenting on this barbarity, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that this should prompt the MP Ukrainian Orthodox Church to condemn those who bless the aggression.