The Temple of Annunciation has been forcibly seized by representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) in Ivano-Frankovsk (Western Ukraine), TASS reports on October 23.
The new episode of our series “Donbass with Texas” is about the anniversary of Christianization of Rus’. Russell, who embraced Orthodox Christianity last year, and the priest of “Vostok” brigade father Boris will talk about their views on the march of eighty thousand Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.
Donetsk celebrates Labor Day and Easter! May Day demonstration marched through the main street of the city. Workers of mines and enterprises of the Republic, members of trade unions and public organizations, Great Patriotic War veterans and ordinary Donetsk residents, who went to the streets to celebrate the holiday with their families, carried banners and flags. Many people were walking with Easter baskets, because they were joining the march right after visiting churches. People chanted “Peace! Labor! May!”, “Glory to the working people!”, greeted one another by saying “Christ is risen!”. People carried a large number of red-colored and Soviet symbols.
Saint-Iversky monastery in Donetsk was heavily bombed by Ukrainian army: the roof and the dome was totally destroyed, only the frame remained intact. The monastery is located on the territory of Donetsk airport, so it is still a frontline. There is a cemetery near the monastery and people still cannot visit it because of mines and tripwires left by Ukrainian solders.
Church service on the occasion of the day of honoring the Panagia Portaitissa, the Eastern Orthodox icon of Virgin Mary, took place in the destroyed Iversky Monastery on Donetsk outskirts, “Essence of Time” unit reported on February 25 on its official page in the social networks.
In broadcast on private Ukrainian TV channel 112 Ukraine on February 20th, Ukrainian radical, former leader of The Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defence (UNA-UNSO) Dmitry Korchinsky urged to take hostage the citizens of Russian Federation who are residing in the Ukrainian territory, and to eliminate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), “PolitNavigator” informed.
Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Kirill is concerned about the persecution of Moscow patriarchate churches in Ukraine by Ukrainian authorities, Donetsk News Agency reports, citing the public affairs office of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The alternative to the current non-sovereign Europe, as we imagine, can only be a sovereign Europe. No other way of putting this question is able to unite people with different opinions on the future of Europe. This is why it is important to say: “Listen, let us first win the right to discuss different options of our future and to make these options come to life in practice. This is the first stage for which we must unite in the struggle for sovereignty. Because all of us – right-wing, left-wing, centrists – want to have the possibility to put our very different visions of the European future into practice. So let us first agree that we don’t have this right today as a real right. Let us then unite to win this right. Having won it once and for all, let us compete, convincing the society that it is our vision of the European path that meets the expectations and hopes of the different peoples of Europe.” But with the U.S. presence in Europe – can Europe be sovereign without Russia?
Not even in nightmares could I have imagined that first a small Ukrainian “Essence of Time” squad, and later quite a large military unit under our flag will be fighting in Donbass when we gathered here last year. By the way, Italians, Spaniards, representatives of many other peoples have joined our unit. Donetsk, Lugansk have become the new Spain, with international brigades. This is not a myth, this is the reality of our time.
You say that new ideology is not possible. It seems to me that it is already being formed. Tatjana Ždanoka says that there always is a solution. The people who taught me were putting this a bit differently: “Yes, there always is a solution. But sometimes more will is required to find a solution on a new stage.” And the will is depleting. Tatjana Ždanoka has told us that Europeans are prepared for war and Russia must know this. I think, no matter how strange this may seem, Russians are prepared for war more than anybody else. They don’t want to go to war at all, but they are prepared. There is much evidence to this.