Under the walls of the Mikhailovsky Cathedral, the traditional consecration of Easter bread for Ukrainian soldiers took place. Today they will departured to where the Joint Forces Operation continues and will be distributed through the OCU Chaplain Service.
The head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius, noted that this is a sign of support for those who are now defending the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
"I believe and am convinced that the Lord will grant complete victory. Victory over the aggressor who is trying to enslave us. Enslave us physically and spiritually. We will do everything to ensure that a just peace reigns in Ukraine. We strive for this peace and we will achieve it "- Metropolitan Epiphanius, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
For the military, consecrated Easter bread is a sign of support and a warm memory of home, says Lieutenant General Sergei Naev.
“For a serviceman, connection with his family is of spiritual power, not only when he is on the phone with relatives and friends. But with the help of this home-made Easter bread, just as Easter itself is a home family event. And it will be very touching,” said Sergey Naev, commander of the Joint Forces Operations (JFO) of the Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (2018-2019).
The purchase of Easter bread for the JFO fighters was carried out with the support of the Center for the Protection of Kyivans. For the fifth year in a row, the public organization sends it to Ukrainian soldiers who are being on the frontline. They are consecrated in advance so that the military will receive their Easter bread on time.
"Kyiv and Ukraine, our organization is not indifferent to everything that happens in the east. We are glad to be able to express our support to Ukrainian soldiers in this way, who keep our calm and protect national interests in the zone of the Joint Forces Operation," Head of the Center for the Protection of Kyivans Vitaliy Nestor said.
The founder of the Center for the Protection of Kyivans is a businesswoman and philanthropist Vlada Molchanova who today was awarded the Order of St. Yuri the Victorious by Metropolitan Epiphanius for hersupport for the Ukrainian church and the Ukrainian military for many years.
The purpose of the organization is to help the people of Kyiv who find themselves in difficult life situations, as well as to provide expert and educational support in important matters to the city's residents. Among the latest issues in which the center was actively involved is the completion of housing for the affected investors of Arkada Bank.