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Ukrainian Catholic leader meets with Canadian PM, decries Russian actions

Catholic World News - May 14, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the largest Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, condemned recent Russian actions during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“There was no tension between Ukrainians and Russians in Ukraine until the Russian government annexed Crimea,” Major Archbishop Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk told the Canadian leader during a recent meeting.

“Time and again, the government of the Russian Federation has shown its unwillingness to abide by international agreements,” he continued. “Once a foreign power begins to redraw international borders, people suffer.”

“The only way to bolster peace among peoples is to enable them to live together in multi-ethnic states-- not divide them through foreign intervention,” he added. “What would happen to Europe-- not to mention other continents-- if countries started redrawing borders on the basis of ethno-national background? It’s that approach that led to World War II.”

Prime Minister Harper’s office released a photograph of the meeting but did not publish the Canadian leader’s remarks.

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - May. 15, 2014 7:08 AM ET USA

    Apparently, Archbishop Shevchuk condones the theft of Russian territory by Ukraine in 1954, when the Ukrainian dictator of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev, in a drunken stupor, signed a diktat that hived off a huge chunk of Russian land and transferred it to the sovereignty of Kiev. The Russian majority in this territory had no say in the matter. Overnight they became aliens in another country. Now, Russia wants that land restored to her, and Putin seems to be the one to do it, albeit by force.

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