UOC-MP clergy in Kadiyivka blessed a regiment of the so called Luhansk People Republic Cossaks to wage war on Ukraine
Clergymen of the UOC-MP in Kadiyivka (former Stakhanov) in Luhansk region blessed to fight against Ukraine over 140 militants of the so-called 6th Guards separate motorized rifle Cossack regiment of the LPR 2nd army corps.
It was reported by Novynarnya, citing the militants’ site.
The event occurred on the fest of the Holy Protection Veil of the Theotokos, October 14, in the church of the holy Great Martyr and healer Panteleimon, according to the separatist media.
The priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (MP), who blessed by the militants, are archpriest Serhii Varnavskyy and archpriest Ivan Radenko.
The leader of the regiment, Volodymyr Semipolitin, led the “celebrations”.
After the solemn proclamation of the “Cossack Oath of 1918”, the soldiers, sergeants and officers from the illegal armed formation Luhansk People’s Republic venerated in the temple the Gospel, crosses and holiday icons. Then, having approached the flags and kneeling, they kissed a sword and a regimental flag with St. George’s ribbon.
“In the preaching sermon, Fr Serhiy explained that the land of Lugansk is under the protection of the Mother of God, as well as the regiment, in which it appeared in 2014 with the first commander Dremov through his image the” Icon of the Mother of God of Luhansk.”
The clergyman of the UOC-MP wished all defenders the strength of the spirit, loyalty to duty and word, as well as victory over the for, the traitors of the Orthodox Faith, the murderers of the civilian population and the destroyers of the Russian Donbas.”
Andriy Kovalev, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Parliament’s Chairman, a public activist, in response to the events, urged the leaders of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine to ban the service of two “terrorists in the robes”, and the SBU - to put Fr Serhii Varnavsky and Ioan Redenko on a list of wanted persons.