Zelenskyy condemns Russia’s rejection of Easter truce, says it reveals how Putin treats Christianity

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggesting that the Russian chief has little regard for Christianity as a result of he rejected an Easter truce.

“Unfortunately, Russia rejected the proposal to establish an Easter truce,” Zelenskyy mentioned in a video Thursday. (Whereas Western Christians celebrated Easter final Sunday, Jap Christians rejoice it this upcoming Sunday, April 24.)

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“This shows very well how the leaders of this state actually treat the Christian faith, one of the most joyful and important holidays,” the Ukrainian president declared. “But we keep our hope. Hope for peace, hope that life will overcome death.” Easter celebrates the day when Christians consider Jesus Christ rose from the useless, three days after His Crucifixion on Good Friday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gives a speech.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy provides a speech.
(Instagram/@zelenskiy_official)

“Tomorrow is Good Friday for Eastern Christians,” Zelenskyy famous. He referred to as the vacation “the most sorrowful day of the year a day when everything you can do in life will weigh less than prayer. Except for one [thing]… defending the Homeland, defending brothers-in-arms in battle.”

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Earlier this week, Russia rejected a United Nations proposal for a cease-fire throughout Holy Week, the week main as much as Easter. 

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Civilians, together with youngsters, stay trapped within the jap area of Donbas, the place Russian forces started a new fierce offensive, and within the devastated port metropolis of Mariupol. Guterres mentioned earlier Tuesday that greater than 12 million folks in Ukraine wanted humanitarian help. He predicted that quantity would rise to fifteen.7 million, about 40% of all Ukrainians remaining within the nation. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan, Armenia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a gathering of the Supreme Eurasian Financial Council in Yerevan, Armenia.
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Even China, which has not condemned Russia and abstained from votes on resolutions in opposition to the aggressor nation, mentioned it supported a humanitarian cease-fire.

Russia’s rejection got here after the pinnacle of the World Council of Church buildings reached out to Moscow’s Patriarch Kirill, urging him to make use of his non secular authority as the pinnacle of Russia’s Orthodox Church to name for a cease-fire as Orthodox Christians rejoice Easter this weekend.

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill on the 13th anniversary of his enthronement in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

FILE – Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill on the thirteenth anniversary of his enthronement in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
(Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photograph by way of AP)

“Our humble request to your Holiness in this particular and impossible situation is to intervene and ask publicly for a ceasefire for at least a few hours during the Resurrection service,” Rev. Ioan Sauca, a Romanian Orthodox priest and appearing common secretary of the World Council of Church buildings, wrote in a letter printed Tuesday.

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Sauca additionally famous that the preventing in World Warfare I “stopped for a moment so that the soldiers could share with one another the Resurrection greeting.”

Most Russians and Ukrainians determine as Jap Orthodox, as does Putin. Zelenskyy, nevertheless, is Jewish.

FILE - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill delivers the Christmas Liturgy in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

FILE – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill delivers the Christmas Liturgy within the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photograph/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
(AP Photograph/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The Kyiv-based Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) broke away from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) earlier than the Russian invasion, however a whole lot of Orthodox church buildings have reportedly switched their affiliation from Moscow to Kyiv for the reason that begin of the struggle. Whereas the OCU began in 1995, it gained official recognition at an Oct. 2018 synod in Constantinople. The Metropolitan Epiphanius I used to be elected in Dec. 2018.

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A big majority of Ukraine’s inhabitants identifies as Jap Orthodox Christian, whereas a major minority of Ukrainian Catholics worship with a Byzantine liturgy just like the Orthodox however are loyal to the pope, surveys present. 

 

A 2018 survey discovered that about 67.3% of Ukraine’s inhabitants identifies as one or one other strand of Orthodox Christianity, with 28.7% a part of the Kyiv-based OCU, 23.4% merely “Orthodox,” and 12.8% UOC-MP. One other 7.7% of the inhabitants identifies as broadly Christian, whereas Ukrainian Byzantine Ceremony Catholics make up 9.4%, Protestants make up 2.2%, Latin Ceremony Catholics make up 0.8%, Muslims make up 2.5%, and Judaism makes up 0.4%. One other 11% declared themselves non-religious or unaffiliated.

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