Prayer service for ‘Cyborgs' held in St Michael Golden-Domes Cathedral
On January 20, the deceased defenders of the Donetsk airport were remembered at St Michael Golden-Domes Cathedral. A funeral service took place there, Channel 5 has reported.
Relatives and friends of the heroes and the "cyborgs" themselves, who defended the airport in the east of Ukraine, came to pray for peace. The memorial prayer service was officiated by Archimandrite Lavrentiy, monks of St. Michael Monastery and military chaplains.
“I think this is an important day. I believe that there should be such a day that Ukrainians could pay tribute to the heroes who really loved Ukraine, they laid their lives in order to have peace on our streets, so that what they had been killing there would not come here,” says Anatoly Svyryd, a defender of the airport.
“This is my personal pain – not only that of the mothers of Ukraine who have lost their sons or wives who lost their husbands, they are all brothers to me, and our duty is to help those who sacrificed their most valuable gift of life, to help with a prayer for them. Christ said: “There is no more love than the love of that who gave his life for his friends,” said Fr Dmytro, a chaplain of the OCU.
As reported, om January 20, Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance of the defenders of the Donetsk airport. In the morning, a ceremony to honor the fallen soldiers was held in Kyiv. Families of the victims, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Presidential couple, representatives of the public, the military garrison of Kyiv, cadets and lyceum students came to pay homage to defenders of Ukraine.