ROME – The formidable Major Archbishop of Ukraine Sviatoslav Shevchuk this weekend asked for special prayers for the soldiers of his country in their task of defending the country.
“I ask you a special prayer for our soldiers,” Archbishop Shevchuk said in Friday’s video message. “They are privileged witnesses for us today, witnesses of the presence of God, because there are no atheists on the front line.”
For every day of this resistance, “the Ukrainian people pay the highest price,” the Archbishop said, noting that “at least 100 Ukrainian soldiers die every day, and 400-500 of our soldiers are injured.”
“Blood flows throughout the Ukrainian land,” he said.
In his message, Shevchuk pointed out that Ukraine had already lived through 100 days of this “great war” that Russia waged on the “long-suffering Ukrainian land”.
“The Ukrainians have been defending their land for a hundred days. For a hundred days, the Ukrainians have been holding back the Russian invasion, which exceeds all the resources we have to oppose it,” he said.
Despite the continued suffering of the Ukrainian people, there is also “good news from the front”, the Archbishop said. “Our troops pushed back the enemy in four directions. In the south of our homeland, in the Kherson region, more than 20 settlements were liberated.
“In this way, Ukraine shows its strength and its will to be free and independent,” he said. “And the Ukrainian people are showing their steadfastness in this struggle and astonishing the world with it.”