Ukraine's Major Archbishop Appeals for Solidarity and Support

Tells Reporters in Rome Europe Must Wake Up to Events in His Country

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The Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has made a heartfelt appeal to European Nations for solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine.

Speaking at a Feb. 25 press conference held at Vatican Radio, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk denounced the lack of public attention to Ukraine’s unrest until an explosion of violence last week that left some 100 people dead, and thousands more injured.

He said Ukraine is now living through a dark time because nobody knows how the situation is going to evolve, Vatican Radio reported.

But he also said it was a moment of great hope because Maidan has become a yeast that has caused the whole Ukrainian population to ferment.

After recounting the reasons for the unrest, which centered on President refusal to sign a pact with the EU, Archbishop Shevchuk made an appeal for solidarity.

“I would like to ask Europeans to wake up because what is happening in Ukraine, sooner or later, will touch all of you. Because Ukraine is part of Europe. And if people continue to pretend that nothing is happening, not only will things worsen in Eastern Europe, but this will cause great lack of faith in European values in the Western nations,” he said.

Achbishop Shevchuk also drew attention to the problem of Ukrainian students obtaining visas to study in Europe and appealed for solidarity and help for the many thousands who have been wounded during the Maidan uprising.

He noted that Poland, Lithuania, the Czech republic and Slovakia have already offered to receive the wounded and he appealed to Italy to do the same. He also expressed his gratitude to Germany, Poland and France for having sent their foreign ministers to Ukraine to act as peace mediators in the most difficult moment of the standoff.

“This kind of solidarity must continue because the danger that one of our neighbours will provoke a civil war has not blown over,” he warned.

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On the NET: Vatican Radio