Armenian community stands with Ukrainian people in this war – Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan

19 March, 11:25
Orthodox
Armenian community stands with Ukrainian people in this war – Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan - фото 1
The Armenian community is not a negative part of Ukrainian society, and shows its firm position by identifying Russia as the aggressor. This was stated by Bishop Markos Hovhannisyan of the Ukrainian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Defending the countryside by side with the Ukrainian people, the Armenian community, together with the All-Ukrainian Council of churches, continue to call on the UN, NATO and the European Union to close the sky over Ukraine.

"From the very first days, our community expressed its civic position on the war: to be defenders of the city where our faithful live. It's moral, it's natural, and it's spiritual. Our spiritual support, our prayers for Ukraine continue, whether private or within the framework of the Auccro, we pray for the achievement of God's peace, which every person deserves. Our parishioners provide humanitarian support to our relatives: our bakeries are working, our restaurateurs have switched to providing lunches to those in need. Some of our faithful are in the ranks of the territorial defence and have already passed away in this service. The situation is difficult, but our faith does not leave us, our civic position does not weaken, because we are an integral part of Ukrainian society, because here is our thousand-year successful history, here is part of our culture and our spiritual heritage," Bishop Marcos stressed.

He also spoke about the calls of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches to the UN, NATO and the European Union to close the sky over Ukraine.

As previously reported, the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations called on world leaders, OSCE, EU and NATO member states to take urgent measures to introduce a no-fly zone over the territory of Ukraine or provide the Ukrainian army with modern air defense systems and fighter planes that can protect Ukrainian civilians from regular bombing and missile strikes by Russian invaders.