Ukrainian Catholic leader calls for international support for protestors
February 11, 2014
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called upon the United States and European nations to intervene in support of the Euromaidan protestors who oppose the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych.
“What is happening in Ukraine sooner or later will affect every American,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine. “This is not something that only concerns Ukraine or Europe.”
“It is about the future of democracy in Europe, Eastern Europe, even Russia,” added the prelate, who leads the largest Eastern Catholic church. “If the US and Europe abandon Ukraine or do not adopt a proactive policy, humanity may well be on the verge of a new Cold War.”
In an apparent reference to the Yanukovych administration, the major archbishop said that “they push war on us, but Ukrainians want peace. Therefore, the only alternative to force to resolve the conflict is dialogue. Peaceful resistance, peaceful protest – this is the key to the future of Ukraine.”
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