Sergey Tkachuk, a clergyman of the unrecognized Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), was noted to promote the Nazi swastika and publications through his Facebook page on August 12.
He referred to an article of the Istoricheskaya Pravda (Historical Truth) newspaper describing “spiritual mentorship” over the Galichina SS division.
The article that Tkachuk posted on his page describes how clergymen of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) provided spiritual nourishment to the Ukrainian mercenaries of the Galichina Nazi SS division, and how the leader of the UGCC Metropolitan Andrey Sheptitsky supported the idea of establishing the Ukrainian Nazi division, saying, “There is hardly any price that should not be paid to create a Ukrainian army.”
According to the author, “The regular Sunday holy liturgy in the Gaydelager was often held in the barracks, where no other Christian liturgy had ever been held before, because the SS barracks were perceived nearly as sanctuaries of the national socialist neopaganism.”
According to the article, over all the years that chaplains existed in the division as a religious and psychological service, they played an important role, because they comprehensively improved the morale of the Galician soldiers of the Galichina SS division. None of the other volunteer divisions had chaplains.
In 1914, Andrey Sheptitsky said, “Ukrainians are only a means of the divine disposal summoned to wrest the Christian East from the clutches of heresy (i.e. the Orthodox Church ― Rossa Primavera News Agency) and to return it to the fold of the apostolic altar (i.e. the Vatican ― Rossa Primavera News Agency) and the European community.”
On July 28, 2019, a clergyman of the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine Vasily Sagan from the city of Zolochev, Lvov region, said that this organization recognizes the members of the Galichina Nazi SS division as saints. He made the corresponding statement to the local media at a reburial commemoration ceremony of collaborator soldiers.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency